EFT Best Practices

VIEWING INBOUND CONNECTION ENCRYPTION LEVELS

When it comes to troubleshooting, there are several challenges, including the pressure to meet strict security policies and comply with regulations. These efforts are further complicated by a lack of visibility into how end-users are connecting with your systems. If users are connecting with deprecated or outdated ciphers or algorithms, then problems can occur and your data security could be at risk.

BEST PRACTICE

Understand how users are connecting with your EFT platform. Disable deprecated or weaker cryptography whenever possible to help maintain strong system security.

Many EFT customers have asked us if it is possible to gain insight into the SFTP and SSL/TLS cryptography details that their inbound connected clients are using when connecting to EFT. The simple answer is, yes. Having this information is useful not only for troubleshooting, but for proactive/preventive measures as well. To gain this level of visibility into your EFT log files, you will need to enable verbose logging when troubleshooting or debugging.

How To Enable EFT Verbose Logging

Log levels in EFT all default to the TRACE or INFO setting, which is standard or typical logging. If you need more details in your logs, change the logging configuration to extended or verbose log level in logging.cfg to DEBUG. This will give you an extended level of detail in your logs to help you pinpoint where the trouble lies.

For example, with the SSL logging level set to DEBUG, you would see whether the connection was accepted, and which protocol version, cipher, and key length were used in the connection:

DEBUG SSL <> - SSL connection accepted; protocol version = TLSv1.2, cipher = ECDHERSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256, key length = 128

Please note: it is recommended that you only use verbose logging during debugging or troubleshooting. It will produce a large amount of data and quickly use up your processing speed and drive space. It is not necessary to reboot after making these modifications.

Advanced Configuration for Verbose Logging:

Use the following example to set up a separate file appender for verbose logs, which should make data capture and analysis a bit more manageable.

Instead of SFTP = TRACE or SSL = TRACE, specify the following settings in the logging.cfg file:

  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender=log4cplus::RollingFileAppender
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.File=${AppDataPath}\EFT-SFTP-${COMPUTERNAME}.log
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.MaxFileSize=20MB
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.MaxBackupIndex=5
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.layout=log4cplus::TTCCLayout
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.layout.DateFormat=%m-%d-%y %H:%M:%S,%q
  • log4cplus.logger.SFTP=TRACE, SFTPFileAppender
  • log4cplus.additivity.SFTP=false
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.1=log4cplus::spi::StringMatchFilter
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.1.StringToMatch=Received SSH_MSG_KEXINIT
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.1.AcceptOnMatch=true
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.2=log4cplus::spi::StringMatchFilter
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.2.StringToMatch=Handling SSH_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST for user
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.2.AcceptOnMatch=true
  • log4cplus.appender.SFTPFileAppender.filters.3=log4cplus::spi::DenyAllFilter

After using verbose logging for few days (or however long is needed), copy the EFT-SFTP-*.log files to a new folder for processing. (You have to copy the log files to a separate folder for analysis because the PowerShell cannot open files that EFT is holding open.)

Run this PowerShell script (specific to this SFTP example) against those log files in that separate folder to generate a CSV file with the results. Be sure to change the path in the script to the location in which you have created a new folder.

Reminder: Your security efforts will be most effective if you use the latest version of EFT. Periodically check the Globalscape support site for the latest version and upgrade accordingly. Learn more.

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