Solaris 10 su - fail can't send email

Posted on 2010-09-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
My server was able to send an email to me whenever someone fail to su to root.
Recently this is not happening.
I checked the syslog.conf:
#ident  "@(#)syslog.conf        1.5     98/12/14 SMI"   /* SunOS 5.0 */
# Copyright (c) 1991-1998 by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
# All rights reserved.
# syslog configuration file.
# This file is processed by m4 so be careful to quote (`') names
# that match m4 reserved words.  Also, within ifdef's, arguments
# containing commas must be quoted.
*.err;kern.notice;auth.notice                   /dev/sysmsg
*.err;kern.debug;daemon.notice;mail.crit        /var/adm/messages

*.alert;kern.err;daemon.err                     operator
*.alert                                         root

*.emerg                                         *

# Logging FTP activities                                     /var/adm/ftp.log

# if a non-loghost machine chooses to have authentication messages
# sent to the loghost machine, un-comment out the following line:
#auth.notice                    ifdef(`LOGHOST', /var/log/authlog, @loghost)

mail.debug                      ifdef(`LOGHOST', /var/log/syslog, @loghost)

# non-loghost machines will use the following lines to cause "user"
# log messages to be logged locally.
ifdef(`LOGHOST', ,
user.err                                        /dev/sysmsg
user.err                                        /var/adm/messages
user.alert                                      `root, operator'
user.emerg                                      *

and my email address is in the /etc/aliases root section:
# Local aliases below #

Please help
Question by:USTTN-LAN
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by:Joseph Gan
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Is syslog daemon running? ie.

# ps -ef | grep syslogd


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ID: 33681099
it is, I got other alert from the system.
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by:Joseph Gan
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What about sendmail, ie.

# ps -ef | grep sendmail
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sendmail is up too
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by:Joseph Gan
ID: 33686924
Do you have a loginglog setup, this file does not exist by default.
If this file exists, the login program records failed login attempts.
The file should be create in /var/adm directory.
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by:Joseph Gan
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ID: 33704603
Check for invalid field separators between values in syslog.conf. Not sure if posting messed with the formatting or not, but its worth checking.
view syslog.conf
set line
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ID: 33723022
the vi option is actually "set list". Ensure that there are only "^I" characters between the log facility and levels, eg:


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found out we actually have a script to do so

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