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Collect Logs for the AWS Config App

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Config provides a simple web services interface that can be used to track modifications made to the resources that belong to an AWS account. The AWS Config App presents modification notifications that contain snapshots of resource configurations and information about the modifications made to a resource. The app uses predefined Live and Interactive Dashboards and filters that provide visibility into your environment for real-time analysis of overall usage.

Log Types

The AWS Config App leverages AWS Config’s Simple Notification Service (SNS), which provides notifications in JSON format.


Before you can begin to use the AWS Config App, perform these steps.

  1. Enable SNS Notifications in AWS Config.
  2. Add a Sumo Logic Hosted Collector and HTTP Source.
  3. Subscribe to SNS Notifications in AWS Config.
  4. Optional: Create a Partition for AWS Config Logs

Enable SNS Notification in AWS Config

To enable AWS Config’s SNS Notifications

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console.
  2. Under Management Tools, click Get Started, then click Config.
  3. On the Set up AWS Config page, under Amazon SNS Topic, select Enable Configuration changes and notifications to be streamed to an Amazon SNS topic

  1. Select Create new topic and click Continue.

  2. On the page labeled "AWS Config is requesting permissions to read your resources’ configuration," click Allow. This authorizes AWS Config to read the configuration of your resources for the purpose of delivery via Amazon SNS.
  3. Optional: Expand the View Details section to configure the IAM Role and Policy that AWS Config will use.

For more information on SNS, see

Configure a Collector

In Sumo Logic, create a Hosted Collector. Be sure to name the Source Category aws_config.

Configure a Source

Next, configure an HTTP Source.

  1. Configure the Source fields:
    1. Name. (Required) Eg. AWS Config
    2. Source Category. (Required) Eg. aws_config. For details on creating good source categories see Best Practices.
  2. Configure the Advanced section:
    1. Enable Timestamp Parsing. True
    2. Time Zone. Use Time Zone From Log File
    3. Timestamp Format. Auto Detect
    4. Enable Multiline Processing
      1. Detect Messages Spanning Multiple Lines. False
    5. Enable One Message Per Request. True
  3. Click Save

Copy the HTTP Source Address URL and use it in the following section.

Subscribe to SNS Notifications

Once the Hosted Collector and HTTP Source are configured, you can subscribe to AWS Config’s SNS Notifications.

  1. In the AWS Management Console, go to SNS > Topics.
  2. Select the check box for the topic you created when you enabled SNS notifications.
  3. Under Amazon SNS, in the Actions menu, select Subscribe to Topic.
  4. Under Protocol, select HTTPS, and paste the Sumo Logic HTTP Source URL into the Endpoint field.
  5. Click Create Subscription.

In a few minutes, a confirmation message will be sent to Sumo Logic. In Sumo Logic, search for the new message from your HTTP Source with a query such as _sourceCategory="aws_config".

Parse the message for the JSON field SubscribeURL and copy it to your clipboard, as shown. 


  1. In the AWS Management Console, select SNS >Topics.
  2. Under Amazon SNS, under Actions, select Confirm a subscription.
  3. Paste the SubscribeURL into the Subscription confirmation URL field, and click Confirm subscription.

For more information about SNS notifications, see the Amazon documentation.

Optional: Create a Partition for AWS Config Logs

Due to the infrequent nature of AWS Config changes, Sumo Logic recommends creating a partition for logs. A partition will provide better search performance, especially if there is high data volume in your account.

To create a partition, follow the instructions to Create a Partition. Name the index aws_config. For the Routing Expression, enter a query that isolates messages from AWS Config, such as _sourceCategory=aws_config.

Sample Log Message

    "Type": "Notification",
    "MessageId": "23accff0-e8cf-5071-8208-8194ed32e94c",
    "TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-west-1:012345678910:sumo-testing-config-topic",
    "Subject": "[AWS Config:us-west-1] AWS::EC2::NetworkAcl acl-979f62f3 Updated in Account 012345678910",
    "Message": "{\"configurationItemDiff\":{\"changedProperties\":{\"Configuration.Entries.1\":{\"previousValue\":null,\"updatedValue\":{\"ruleNumber\":100,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"allow\",\"egress\":false,\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null},\"changeType\":\"CREATE\"},\"Configuration.Entries.0\":{\"previousValue\":{\"ruleNumber\":100,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"deny\",\"egress\":false,\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null},\"updatedValue\":null,\"changeType\":\"DELETE\"}},\"changeType\":\"UPDATE\"},\"configurationItem\":{\"configurationItemVersion\":\"1.0\",\"configurationItemCaptureTime\":\"2017-02-24T18:34:32.932UTC\",\"configurationStateId\":64,\"relatedEvents\":[\"3d7cbf2c-95e5-4361-bba9-328fae229a6b\"],\"awsAccountId\":\"012345678910\",\"configurationItemStatus\":\"OK\",\"resourceId\":\"acl-80cbc6f2\",\"ARN\":\"arn:aws:ec2:us-west-1:012345678910:network-acl/acl-979f62f3\",\"awsRegion\":\"us-west-1\",\"availabilityZone\":\"Multiple Availability Zones\",\"configurationStateMd5Hash\":\"8f09d8d531df99b9342e42b4944fdea4\",\"resourceType\":\"AWS::EC2::NetworkAcl\",\"resourceCreationTime\":null,\"tags\":{\"Name\":\"Test-NetworkAcl29\"},\"relationships\":[{\"resourceId\":\"subnet-7c4af186\",\"resourceType\":\"AWS::EC2::Subnet\",\"name\":\"Is attached to Subnet\"},{\"resourceId\":\"vpc-0a013c2e\",\"resourceType\":\"AWS::EC2::VPC\",\"name\":\"Is contained in Vpc\"}],\"configuration\":{\"networkAclId\":\"acl-979f62f3\",\"vpcId\":\"vpc-0002f464\",\"isDefault\":true,\"entries\":[{\"egress\":true,\"ruleNumber\":100,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"allow\",\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null},{\"egress\":true,\"ruleNumber\":32767,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"deny\",\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null},{\"egress\":false,\"ruleNumber\":100,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"allow\",\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null},{\"egress\":false,\"ruleNumber\":32767,\"protocol\":\"-1\",\"ruleAction\":\"deny\",\"cidrBlock\":\"\",\"icmpTypeCode\":null,\"portRange\":null}],\"associations\":[{\"networkAclAssociationId\":\"aclassoc-0bb0606d\",\"networkAclId\":\"acl-979f62f3\",\"subnetId\":\"subnet-e0c822dd\"}],\"tags\":[{\"key\":\"Name\",\"value\":\"Test-NetworkAcl29\"}]}},\"notificationCreationTime\":\"2017-02-24T18:34:32.932UTC\",\"messageType\":\"ConfigurationItemChangeNotification\",\"recordVersion\":\"1.2\"}",
    "Timestamp": "2017-02-24T18:34:32.932UTC",
    "SignatureVersion": "1",
    "Signature": "KHYHMQEABbTnlmwnJSHPiMlxCqwFmkIlSdRMvtW30VgbHnqMUPJ0QMS6S9qU4o8/Hp0R2GMvdxeDAo6/jDa/FSE1wGMxRAdbhyI8eBIeOOkOn7Eiy9C2ZyLrcJvSYwMLMBQDVfyDmUZVILbLb3kXFZGi3sogKpNX/mPlajA4UYOLs5OT9cql++8gHl1cdpZnF+Nh2v1CfKCK+j/Fvx9l30yUTaPwAeApF1+v2jjvsvQ1bUYr+SPJdU/eXxNQkRg+eu4ihM0uxbpltYhU8asfYBbtAm1fEWcKglN1Nv++hIDlv0JBOjK7KeY8Ys/UKwjUgBLRllV3gHjphqMd/91zPw==",
    "SigningCertURL": "",
    "UnsubscribeURL": ""

Sample Queries

Latest Resource Modifications (from App)

_sourceCategory=AWS_Config Notification ConfigurationItemChangeNotification
| json "Message", "Type" 
| where type == "Notification"
| json field=message "messageType","configurationItem" as messageType, single_message 
| where messageType = "ConfigurationItemChangeNotification" 
| json field=single_message "resourceId", "resourceType", "configurationItemStatus", "awsAccountId" as ResourceId, ResourceType, Status, AWSAccountID
//| where Status = "OK"
// Look up Name stored in tag with key “Name” for each resource. Schedule the ‘ResourceNames Lookup Table Generator’ search to keep this file up to date.
//| lookup idAndName from /shared/AWSConfig/ResourceNames on resourceType=resourceType, resourceId=resourceId | if(isNull(idAndName), resourceId, idAndName) as resourceId | fields - idAndName
| sort by _messageTime desc

Configuration Activity by AWS Region (from App)

_sourceCategory=AWS_Config Notification ConfigurationItemChangeNotification
| json "Message", "Type" as single_message, type | where type == "Notification"
| json field=single_message "configurationItem.awsRegion" as awsRegion
| where awsRegion != "Not Applicable"
| "" as location
| if (awsRegion = "us-east-1", "38.55,-77.89", location) as location // Northern Virginia
| if (awsRegion = "us-west-1", "43.96,-121.70", location) as location // Oregon
| if (awsRegion = "us-west-2", "39.06,-121.54", location) as location // Northern California
| if (awsRegion = "us-gov-west-1", "44.34,-118.61", location) as location // ?? Also Oregon ??
| if (awsRegion = "eu-west-1", "53.31,-7.91", location) as location // Ireland
| if (awsRegion = "eu-central-1", "50.12,8.67", location) as location // Frankfurt
| if (awsRegion = "ap-southeast-1", "1.29,103.85", location) as location // Singapore
| if (awsRegion = "ap-southeast-2", "-33.85,151.15", location) as location // Sydney
| if (awsRegion = "ap-northeast-1", "35.68,139.75", location) as location // Tokyo
| if (awsRegion = "sa-east-1", "-23.57,-46.63", location) as location // Sao Paulo
| split location delim=',' extract 1 as latitude, 2 as longitude
| count by latitude, longitude
| sort _count