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How to track root actions through GUI?

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From my previous post, I know how to trace a person's command history. But how do I do so if the root uses GUI instead of command-line?

I need to track my sysadmin's actions whenever he uses the GUI for Checkpoint FW-1 (for firewall maintenance) and OpenWindows (for accounts maintenance).

The firewall server is running on Solaris 2.6

If there are any 3rd party utilities, please include their URL as well. Thanks in advance.
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by:jlevie
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Basically you can't log someones actions when they are manipulating a GUI interface. All that could possibly be captured external to the application would be the mouse location (in screen coordinates) and any text typed in. That would be of little use without knowing what part of the GUI the mouse had been over. It would be up to the application to provide a history logging mechanism. Firewall-1 might be able to do that, but I don't think that AdminSuite or admintool does.

You could use a video splitter to have the monitor of interest displayed on a second monitor for viewing. Or run a "record & playback" screen capture application (but the log files will be huge).
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heemeng,

If you are really interested to know everything a user (or administrator) on your system is doing, I bet you can turn on ACL on each of the file on your server.  I think that you can have a very detail logging (and HUGE log file).

Just a coment.

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Since it is not really feasible to capture commands issued from a GUI - I would suggest that you setup a specific userid (root in your case), that can run the GUI. Ensure that a user cannot log in directly as the user, but has to su to it - that way you will have a sulog of the user who logged on. Also, the GUI in question *will* be updating certain logs that reflect changes made via the GUI. You should isolate these logfiles and run scripts against these logfiles to generate appropriate reports for you to look at on a daily basis. The software vendor will be the right person to contact to find out which logfiles get updated.
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Thanks guys for the comments.
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