In this section you can find the reference documentation for Tracee's policies.

A policy is a yaml document where you can specify a scope and associate it with a set of rules. A scope defines the workloads to which the policy applies. A rule defines events to be matched and actions to take on them.

You can load multiple (up to 64) policies into Tracee using the --policy flag providing a path to the policy file.

Following is a sample policy:

name: overview policy
description: sample overview policy
  - global
  - log
  - event: dropped_executable
  - event: security_file_open
        - args.pathname=/tmp/*
  - event: sched_process_exec
        - uid=0
  - event: close
        - retval!=0

This policy applies to any workload (global) and will log the dropped_executable, security_file_open, sched_process_exec and close events. Several filters are set to log only specific events:

  1. An argument filter (args.pathname) is set on the security_file_open event to log only files which were opened from the /tmp directory

  2. A context filter (uid) is set on the sched_process_exec event to log only processes executed by the root user (uid 0)

  3. A return value filter (retval) is set on the close event to log only failed close syscalls

While specifying event filters is optional, policies must have the name, description, scope, defaultAction, and rules fields.


A current limitation is that only one rule can be defined per any event type in a policy

More information about defining a scope and the available filters can be found in the next sections.