WildFly Elytron

Change the default encoding of the audit log file in WildFly

The default encoding used for the audit log file is UTF-8. Starting from WildFly 29, you can change the default encoding by specifying encoding attribute in file-audit-log, periodic-rotating-file-audit-log or size-rotating-file-audit-log elements in the Elytron subsystem. Possible values are: UTF-8, UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE, UTF-16, US-ASCII or ISO-8859-1.

<file-audit-log name="local-file" path="audit.log" relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir" synchronized="false" autoflush="true" format="JSON" encoding="UTF-16"/>
<periodic-rotating-file-audit-log name="periodic-rotating" path="audit.log" relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir" format="JSON" encoding="US-ASCII" suffix="y-M-d"/>
<size-rotating-file-audit-log name="size-rotating" path="audit.log" relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir" format="JSON" encoding="ISO-8859-1" max-backup-index="5" rotate-on-boot="true" rotate-size="5" suffix="y-M-d"/>


This example will show how to deploy a simple web application, update the security domain configuration to enable audit logging and inspect the resulting file. We will use the simple-webapp example which can be found here.

Clone the elytron-examples repo locally:

git clone https://github.com/wildfly-security-incubator/elytron-examples

cd elytron-examples

Server configuration

The following set of instructions will update the security domain configuration to enable audit logging in WildFly server. We will be deploying a simple web application from elytron-examples/simple-webapp.

Navigate to the server home directory and enter the following command. This will connect to the server, after which you can proceed to configuring the server.

$SERVER_HOME/bin/jboss-cli.sh --connect

The following CLI command adds a new audit log file with UTF-16 encoding:

/subsystem=elytron/file-audit-log=local-file-UTF-16:add(path="audit-UTF-16.log", relative-to="jboss.server.log.dir", format="JSON", synchronized="false", encoding="UTF-16")


Add the file audit log to a security domain:

/subsystem=elytron/security-domain=ApplicationDomain:write-attribute(name=security-event-listener , value="local-file-UTF-16")

Deploying the application

We’re going to make use of the simple-webapp project. It can be deployed using the following commands:

cd $PATH_TO_ELYTRON_EXAMPLES/simple-webapp

mvn clean install wildfly:deploy

Accessing the application

Try accessing the application using https://localhost:8443/simple-webapp . Select Access Secured Servlet link and try to sing in using invalid credentials.

Review the audit log file for new events

Stop the server and open $SERVER_HOME/standalone/log/audit-UTF-16.log file which is UTF-16 encoded. You should find SecurityAuthenticationFailedEvent log entry.


You can change the default encoding of the audit log file in the WildFly server.