Same Grok Filter for two somehow similar logs

type=EXECVE msg=audit(1585994474.430:1397): argc=5 a0="script" a1="-q" a2="-c" a3=6563686F2044415441 a4="file_to_write"

type=EXECVE msg=audit(1585994474.430:1397): argc=2 a0="apt-get" a1="install"

I want to parse these logs by single grok filter. The First log have 5 arguments and the second log has 2 arguments. One way is doing it by using two grok filters but if there is a good method other then that, please guide me. I also use the Logical 'OR' after the second argument in the filter but the filter only parse the log till the end of second argument and ignore the other.

type=%{WORD:[type]} msg=audit\(%{NUMBER}:%{NUMBER:[sequence]}\): (%{GREEDYDATA})?a0=\"%{DATA:[a0]}\"( %{GREEDYDATA})? (%{GREEDYDATA})?a1=\"%{DATA:[a1]}\"( %{GREEDYDATA})? (%{GREEDYDATA})?a2=\"%{DATA:[a2]}\"( %{GREEDYDATA})?

Kindly answer it as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!

I recommend a different approach.

If you take a look, your messages have a header portion - type=EXECVE msg=audit(1585994474.430:1397) - and a payload portion - argc=5 a0="script" a1="-q" a2="-c" a3=6563686F2044415441 a4="file_to_write".

You can use a grok filter to parse the header, putting the payload in a temporary @metadata field.

type=%{WORD:[type]} msg=audit\(%{NUMBER}:%{NUMBER:[sequence]}\): %{GREEDYDATA:[@metadata][payload]}

Then use a simple kv filter to convert the key-value pairs in [@metadata][payload] into fields. Something like...

kv {
  source => "[@metadata][payload]"
  trim_value => "\""


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Thank You @rcowart buddy. I have done using Logical Operator "OR", previously i was not using OR operator in a right way that satisfy my requirement.
type=%{WORD:[type]} msg=audit\(%{NUMBER}:%{NUMBER:[auditd][log][sequence]}\): (%{GREEDYDATA})?(a0=\"%{DATA:[a0]}\" a1=\"%{DATA:[a1]}\" a2=\"%{DATA:[a2]}\" a3=\"%{DATA:[a3]}\" a4=\"%{DATA:[a4]}\"|a0=\"%{DATA:[a0]}\" a1=\"%{DATA:[a1]}\")

Once again @rcowart thank you!

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