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Enable Collector Remote Host Key Verification

The Sumo Logic Collector can optionally verify the RSA fingerprint for a remote server against a list of known hosts. When host verification is enabled, the Collector collects from a Remote File Source only if the remote host fingerprint is whitelisted in a known_hosts file.

Generate a remote host key verification file

Remote host key verification uses the RSA algorithm to verify host keys. By default, SSH stores known host fingerprints in a known_hosts file located in ~/.ssh/known_hosts.

To obtain the RSA host key fingerprint, use SSH to access the remote server.

If the key fingerprint is not an RSA key fingerprint, use SSH to access the server again with the HostKeyAlgorithms configuration option, as follows.

ssh -oHostKeyAlgorithms=’ssh-rsa’ username@hostname

Example known_hosts file format: ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1...nXIDE= ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1...dlZDm= ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1...UffAaQ=

Enable Remote Host Key Verification

  1. Stop the Sumo Logic Collector service.

    • On Windows: net stop sumo-collector
    • On Linux: sudo ./collector stop
  2. Add the following line to the config/ file in the Collector installation directory and save the file. Replace the placeholder <pathto> with the actual path to your known_hosts file. = /<pathto>/known_hosts

  3. Start the Sumo Logic Collector service:

    • On Windows: net start sumo-collector
    • On Linux: sudo ./collector start

You can revert back to default configurations or disable the feature by removing the line you added from and restarting the Collector service.

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