Using Antrea with Fluentd

This guide will describe how to use Project Antrea with

Fluentd, in order for efficient audit logging. In this scenario, Antrea is used for the default network,

Elasticsearch is used for the default storage, and Kibana dashboard is used for visualization.


The only prerequisites are:

  • a K8s cluster (Linux Nodes) running a K8s version supported by Antrea.
  • kubectl

All the required software will be deployed using YAML manifests, and the corresponding container images will be downloaded from public registries.

Practical steps

Step 1: Deploying Antrea

For detailed information on the Antrea requirements and instructions on how to deploy Antrea, please refer to

getting-started.md. To deploy the latest version of Antrea, use:

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/antrea-io/antrea/main/build/yamls/antrea.yml

You may also choose a released Antrea version.

Step 2: Deploy Elasticsearch and Kibana Dashboard

Fluentd supports multiple output plugins. Details will be discussed in Step 4, but by default, log records are collected by Fluentd DaemonSet and sent to Elasticsearch. A Kibana Dashboard can then be used to visualize the data. The YAML file for deployment is included in the resources directory. To deploy Elasticsearch and Kibana, run:

kubectl apply -f docs/cookbooks/fluentd/resources/kibana-elasticsearch.yml

Step 3: Configure Custom Fluentd Plugins

The architecture of Fluentd is a pipeline from input-> parser-> buffer-> output-> formatter, many of these are plugins that could be configured to fit users’ different use cases.

To specify custom input plugins and parsers, modify ./resources/kubernetes.conf and create a ConfigMap with the following command. Later, direct Fluentd DaemonSet to refer to that ConfigMap. To see more variations of custom configuration, refer to

Fluentd inputs. This cookbook uses the tail input plugin to monitor the audit logging files for Antrea-native policies on every K8s Node.

kubectl create configmap fluentd-conf --from-file=docs/cookbooks/fluentd/resources/kubernetes.conf --namespace=kube-logging

Step 4: Deploy Fluentd DaemonSet

Fluentd deployment includes RBAC and DaemonSet. Fluentd will collect logs from cluster components, so permissions need to be granted first through RBAC. In fluentd.yml, we create a ServiceAccount, and use a ClusterRole and a ClusterRoleBinding to grant it permissions to read, list and watch Pods in cluster scope.

In the DaemonSet configuration, specify Elasticsearch host, port and scheme, as they are required by the Elasticsearch output plugin. In Fluentd official documentation, output plugins are specified in fluent.conf depending on the chosen image. To change output plugins, choose a different image and specify it in ./resources/fluentd.yml. When choosing image version, note that the current Elasticsearch version specified in resources/kibana-elasticsearch.yml is 7.8.0 and that the major Elasticsearch version must match between the 2 files.

kubectl apply -f docs/cookbooks/fluentd/resources/fluentd.yml

Step 5: Visualize with Kibana Dashboard

Navigate to http://[NodeIP]: 30007 and create an index pattern with “fluentd-*”. Go to http://[NodeIP]: 30007/app/kibana#/discover to see the results as below.

Audit Logging Fluentd Kibana

Email Alerting

Kibana dashboard supports creating alerts with the logs in this

guide. This

documentation also provides a detailed guide for email alerting when using td-agent (the stable version of Fluentd and preconfigured).

For this cookbook with custom Fluentd configuration, modify and add the following code to ./resources/kubernetes.conf, then update ConfigMap in

Step 3: Configure Custom Fluentd Plugins.

<match antrea-networkpolicy>
  @type grepcounter
  count_interval 3  # The time window for counting errors (in secs)
  input_key code    # The field to apply the regular expression
  regexp ^5\d\d$    # The regular expression to be applied
  threshold 1       # The minimum number of erros to trigger an alert
  add_tag_prefix error_ANPxx  # Generate tags like "error_ANPxx.antrea-networkpolicy"

<match error_5xx.antrea-networkpolicy> @type copy
<store> @type stdout # Print to stdout for debugging </store> <store> @type mail host smtp.gmail.com # Change this to your SMTP server host port 587 # Normally 25/587/465 are used for submission user USERNAME # Use your username to log in password PASSWORD # Use your login password enable_starttls_auto true # Use this option to enable STARTTLS from example@antrea.com # Set the sender address to alert@example.com # Set the recipient address subject ‘Antrea Native Policy Error’ message Total ANPxx error count: %s\n\nPlease check Antrea Native Policy feature ASAP message_out_keys count # Use the "count" field to replace "%s" above </store> </match>

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.