Install SquidAnalyzer for Squid Log Analysis on CentOS 7 - CentLinux


Monday, 7 October 2019

Install SquidAnalyzer for Squid Log Analysis on CentOS 7

Install SquidAnalyzer for Squid Log Analysis on CentOS 7

SquidAnalyzer is a log analyzer for Squid proxy server. SquidAnalyzer generates and provides analytical reports via a web-based interface. SquidAnalyzer is free and open source. SquidAnalyzer is distributed under GNU GPL license.

We have installed Squid proxy server on CentOS 7 in our previous article. Now, we are installing SquidAnalyzer for Squid log analysis on the same CentOS 7 server to have a analytical view of Squid logs.


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    Environment Specification:

    We have provisioned a CentOS 7 virtual machine with following specification.

    • CPU - 3.4 Ghz (1 Core)
    • Memory - 1 GB
    • Storage - 20 GB
    • Operating System - CentOS 7.7
    • Hostname -
    • IP Address -


    Installing SquidAnalyzer Prerequisites on CentOS 7:

    SquidAnalyzer is a web based software therefore, we are required to install a web server to deploy and run SquidAnalyzer.

    Install Apache HTTP Server using yum command.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# yum install -y httpd Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: * extras: * updates: Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.6-90.el7.centos will be installed --> Processing Dependency: /etc/mime.types for package: httpd-2.4.6-90.el7.centos.x86_64 --> Running transaction check ---> Package mailcap.noarch 0:2.1.41-2.el7 will be installed --> Finished Dependency Resolution Dependencies Resolved ================================================================================ Package Arch Version Repository Size ================================================================================ Installing: httpd x86_64 2.4.6-90.el7.centos base 2.7 M Installing for dependencies: mailcap noarch 2.1.41-2.el7 base 31 k Transaction Summary ================================================================================ Install 1 Package (+1 Dependent package) Total download size: 2.7 M Installed size: 9.4 M Downloading packages: (1/2): mailcap-2.1.41-2.el7.noarch.rpm | 31 kB 00:01 (2/2): httpd-2.4.6-90.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm | 2.7 MB 00:05 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total 519 kB/s | 2.7 MB 00:05 Running transaction check Running transaction test Transaction test succeeded Running transaction Installing : mailcap-2.1.41-2.el7.noarch 1/2 Installing : httpd-2.4.6-90.el7.centos.x86_64 2/2 Verifying : mailcap-2.1.41-2.el7.noarch 1/2 Verifying : httpd-2.4.6-90.el7.centos.x86_64 2/2 Installed: httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.6-90.el7.centos Dependency Installed: mailcap.noarch 0:2.1.41-2.el7 Complete!

    SquidAnalyzer also requires perl compiler for installation.

    Install perl packages using yum command.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# yum install -y perl perl-devel ... Installed: perl-devel.x86_64 4:5.16.3-294.el7_6 Dependency Installed: gdbm-devel.x86_64 0:1.10-8.el7 glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.17-292.el7 glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.17-292.el7 kernel-headers.x86_64 0:3.10.0-1062.1.2.el7 libdb-devel.x86_64 0:5.3.21-25.el7 perl-ExtUtils-Install.noarch 0:1.58-294.el7_6 perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker.noarch 0:6.68-3.el7 perl-ExtUtils-Manifest.noarch 0:1.61-244.el7 perl-ExtUtils-ParseXS.noarch 1:3.18-3.el7 perl-Test-Harness.noarch 0:3.28-3.el7 pyparsing.noarch 0:1.5.6-9.el7 systemtap-sdt-devel.x86_64 0:4.0-9.el7 Complete!

    We are also required git command to clone the SquidAnalyzer source from GitHub.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# yum install -y git ... Installed: git.x86_64 0: Dependency Installed: perl-Error.noarch 1:0.17020-2.el7 perl-Git.noarch 0: perl-TermReadKey.x86_64 0:2.30-20.el7 rsync.x86_64 0:3.1.2-6.el7_6.1 Complete!


    Installing SquidAnalyzer on CentOS 7:

    Download the source code of SquidAnalyzer using git command.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# cd /var/www [root@squid-proxy-01 www]# git clone Cloning into 'squidanalyzer'... remote: Enumerating objects: 2064, done. remote: Total 2064 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 2064 Receiving objects: 100% (2064/2064), 1.44 MiB | 640.00 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (1309/1309), done.

    Compile SquidAnalyzer from source code.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 www]# cd squidanalyzer/ [root@squid-proxy-01 squidanalyzer]# perl Makefile.PL which: no bzcat in (/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/root/bin) Checking if your kit is complete... Looks good Writing Makefile for SquidAnalyzer Done... Now type 'make && make install'

    Installing SquidAnalyzer as follows.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 squidanalyzer]# make && make install cp blib/lib/ cp squid-analyzer blib/script/squid-analyzer /usr/bin/perl -MExtUtils::MY -e 'MY->fixin(shift)' -- blib/script/squid-analyzer Manifying blib/man3/SquidAnalyzer.3pm Installing /usr/local/share/perl5/ sh ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Modify your httpd.conf to allow access to HTML output like follow: Alias /squidreport /var/www/squidanalyzer <Directory /var/www/squidanalyzer> Options -Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride None Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from </Directory> 2. If necessary, give additional host access to SquidAnalyzer in httpd.conf. Restart and ensure that httpd is running. 3. Browse to to ensure that things are working properly. 4. Setup a cronjob to run squid-analyzer daily: # SquidAnalyzer log reporting daily 0 2 * * * /usr/local/bin/squid-analyzer > /dev/null 2>&1 or run it manually. For more information, see /README file. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Appending installation info to /usr/lib64/perl5/perllocal.pod

    Edit Apache configuration to add SquidAnalyzer website.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 squidanalyzer]# cd [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/squidanalyzer.conf

    Add following directives in configuration file.

    Alias /squidreport /var/www/squidanalyzer <Directory /var/www/squidanalyzer> Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews AllowOverride None Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from </Directory>

    Enable and start httpd.service.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# systemctl enable --now httpd Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/ to /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service.

    Allow HTTP service in CentOS 7 firewall.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http success [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# firewall-cmd --reload success

    By default the log file location, provided in squidanalyzer.conf file is incorrect according to our Linux distro. Therefore, we need to correct it before moving forward.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# grep LogFile /etc/squidanalyzer/squidanalyzer.conf LogFile /var/log/squid3/access.log [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# sed -i 's/squid3/squid/' /etc/squidanalyzer/squidanalyzer.conf [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# grep LogFile /etc/squidanalyzer/squidanalyzer.conf LogFile /var/log/squid/access.log

    Configure a Cron job for SquidAnalyzer to generate analytical reports.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# crontab -e

    add following lines therein.

    # SquidAnalyzer log reporting daily 0 2 * * * /usr/local/bin/squid-analyzer > /dev/null 2>&1

    We have to explicitly execute squid-analyzer command one time to generate reports in /var/www/squidanalyzer directory.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# /usr/local/bin/squid-analyzer

    Browse URL in a client's browser.





    Configure HTTP Basic Authentication for SquidAnalyzer:

    SquidAnalyzer does not provides a native authentication method.

    Since the SquidAnalyzer running as a web application, therefore, we can utilize the HTTP basic authentication to restrict the access to SquidAnalyzer website.

    Install httpd-tools using yum command.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# yum install -y httpd-tools Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: * extras: * updates: Package httpd-tools-2.4.6-90.el7.centos.x86_64 already installed and latest version Nothing to do

    Nothing to do! because, we have already installed httpd-tools during installation of Squid proxy server on CentOS 7.

    Create a password file for SquidAnalyzer and add squidadmin user therein.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# htpasswd -c /etc/squidanalyzer/passwd squidadmin New password: Re-type new password: Adding password for user squidadmin

    Edit Apache configurations to add HTTP basic authentication.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/squidanalyzer.conf

    Add HTTP basic authentication for SquidAnalyzer. Final configuration should be look like this.

    Alias /squidreport /var/www/squidanalyzer <Directory /var/www/squidanalyzer> Options -Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews AllowOverride None Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from AuthType Basic AuthName "Restricted Content" AuthUserFile /etc/squidanalyzer/passwd Require valid-user </Directory>

    Test Apache configuration files for syntax errors.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# httpd -t Syntax OK

    Restart Apache service to take changes in effect.

    [root@squid-proxy-01 ~]# systemctl restart httpd.service

    Browse URL in a client's browser.


    Now, it requires user authentication for access to SquidAnalyzer website.

    We have successfully installed and configured SquidAnalyzer for Squid log analysis on CentOS 7.

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