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Current File(s): conf/logback.xml, conf/

Format: Logback

This is a V3.2 feature.


F-TICKS is a standardized audit record format used by some federations for collection of federated login statistics.

It is supported natively but configured separately from the regular audit log because of its special requirements. It is enabled through the use of properties and logging output is configured in the usual manner, via logback.

General Configuration

To enable F-TICKS logging, set the idp.fticks.federation property to anything you choose.

If you want to include hashed usernames in the output, you must also supply a secret random salt in the idp.fticks.salt property. Without a salt, usernames will not be included.

By default, the only destination for these records is the general process log. The normal use for F-TICKS is to provide the logs to another system, so the logback.xml file includes an appender for a remote syslog. The hostname and port can be set via the idp.fticks.loghost and idp.fticks.logport properties.



Properties are defined in to customize various aspects of audit logging:

idp.fticks.federationString Enables F-TICKS output and specifies the value of the federation-identifier field
idp.fticks.algorithmStringSHA-2Digest algorithm used to obscure usernames
idp.fticks.saltString A salt to apply when digesting usernames (if not specified, the username will not be included)
idp.fticks.loghostStringlocalhostThe remote syslog host
idp.fticks.logportString514The remote syslog port