turbot/gcp_compliance

Control: 6.2.4 Ensure that the 'log_disconnections' database flag for Cloud SQL PostgreSQL instance is set to 'on'

Description

Enabling the log_disconnections setting logs the end of each session, including the session duration. Default value for log_disconnections flag is off.

PostgreSQL does not log session details such as duration and session end by default. Enabling the log_disconnections setting will create log entries at the end of each session which can be useful in troubleshooting issues and determine any unusual activity across a time period.

The log_disconnections and log_connections work hand in hand and generally, the pair would be enabled/disabled together.

Remediation

From Console:

  1. Login to GCP console and navigate to Cloud SQL Instances.
  2. Select the PostgreSQL instance for which the database flag needs to be enabled.
  3. Click EDIT.
  4. Scroll down to the Flags section.
  5. Click ADD FLAG, choose the log_disconnections from the drop-down menu, and set its to on.
  6. Click SAVE.
  7. Confirm the changes under Flags on the Overview page.

From Command Line:

  1. List all Cloud SQL database instances using the following command
gcloud sql instances list
  1. Configure the log_disconnections database flag for every Cloud SQL PostgreSQL database instance using the below command
gcloud sql instances patch INSTANCE_NAME --database-flags log_disconnections=on

Note

  • This command will overwrite all previously set database flags. To keep those and add new ones, include the values for all flags to be set on the instance. Any flag not specifically included is set to its default value. For flags that do not take a value, specify the flag name followed by an equals sign ("=").
  • Configuring the above flag does not require restarting the Cloud PostgreSQL instance.

Usage

steampipe check gcp_compliance.control.cis_v120_6_2_4

SQL

This control uses a named query:

sql_instance_postgresql_log_disconnections_database_flag_on

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