Argus Policy Decision Point (PDP): Operation

Service Operation Commands

EMI - Argus 1.3

/etc/init.d/argus-pdp start
Start the PDP service
/etc/init.d/argus-pdp stop
Stop the PDP service
/etc/init.d/argus-pdp restart
Restart the PDP service
/etc/init.d/argus-pdp status
Provides PDP service status information
/etc/init.d/argus-pdp reloadpolicy
Causes the currently cached copy of the policies received from the PAP can be flushed from memory, and retrieved anew from the PAP

gLite 3.2 - Argus 1.2

$PDP_HOME/sbin/pdpctl.sh start
starts the service
$PDP_HOME/sbin/pdpctl.sh stop
stops the services
$PDP_HOME/sbin/pdpctl.sh status
provides service status data
$PDP_HOME/sbin/pdpctl.sh reloadPolicy
causes the currently cached copy of the policy received from the PAP can be flushed from memory, and retrieved anew from the PAP

Service Information

Service Ports

  • Default Service Port: 8152
  • Default Admin Port: 8153

The PDP service only requires the standard service port to be open to those PEPd services which will communicate with the PDP. The PDP must also be able to make outbound connections to those PAPs from which remote policies will be retrieved.

Service Endpoint URLs

This service contains the following endpoint URLs:

  • https://HOSTNAME:8152/authz - This endpoint is the recipient of authorization requests.
  • http://127.0.0.1:8153/status - This endpoint provides current status information on the PDP. This endpoint is password protected.
  • http://127.0.0.1:8153/reloadPolicy - This endpoint instructs the PDP to flush, and retrieve anew, its policy from the PAP. This endpoint is password protected.
  • http://127.0.0.1:8153/shutdown - This endpoint instructs the PDP to shutdown. This endpoint is password protected.

Note: Admin services may be password protected and thus not invokable without this password.

Logging and Logs

This service uses the logback logging library. Java developers are probably familiar with Apache Log4J, logback is written by the developer who initially wrote Log4J and contains a cleaner API and is much more performant. The configuration file for the logging system can be found in $PDP_HOME/conf/logging.xml and changes to this file are picked up every 5 minutes.

Enable Debug Logging

To enable debug logging follow:
  1. Locate the line that contains logger name="org.glite.authz" (line 10 in the default logging config)
  2. On the following line, change INFO to DEBUG

In some cases it may be helpful to see the policy being evaluated for each request. To do this:

  1. Locate the line that contains org.glite.authz.message.policy (line 22 in the default logging config)
  2. On the following line, change INFO to DEBUG

In some cases it may be helpful to see the incoming and outgoing messages. To do this:

  1. Locate the line that contains org.glite.authz.message.protocol (line 27 in the default logging config)
  2. On the following line, change INFO to DEBUG

NOTE always change your logging levels back to their original values once you are done debugging a problem. Keeping the system on the debug logging level could fill up your disk partition in a short time.

Service Logs

The service writes three different logs, located in /var/log/argus/pdp (EMI) or $PDP_HOME/logs (gLite):
  • process.log - This log file contains the normal, human-oriented logging messages that the system generates while in operation. This can be thought of as the debug log (though that's really only true if configured to log debug messages).
  • access.log - This file is an Apache-style access log showing information about incoming requests. This log is meant to be machine parsed. Each line contains the following '|' (pipe) delimited fields:
    • request time - time of the request, in the UTC timezone, from the Unix epoch (Jan 1, 1970, 00:00:00 UTC)
    • remote host - the hostname or IP address of the host that contacted the PDP
    • server host - the hostname or IP address on which the server received the request
    • server port - the port on which the server received the request
    • request path - the URL path that was requested
  • audit.log - This file contains information useful for auditing the system (e.g. results of authorization requests). This log is meant to be machine parsed. Each line contains the following '|' (pipe) delimited fields:
    • request time - time of the request, in the UTC timezone, from the Unix epoch (Jan 1, 1970, 00:00:00 UTC)
    • requester ID - the entity ID of the PEP that made the request
    • request ID - the ID of the incoming authorization request
    • policy ID - the ID of the policy set that was evaluated in order to reach the authorization decision
    • policy version - the version of the policy that was evaluated in order to reach the authorization decision
    • policy decision - the authorization decision that was reached
    • response ID - the ID of the authorization response sent back to the PEP
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