sqren sqren - 25 days ago 9
Linux Question

Find entries in log file within [timespan] (eg. the last hour)

My server is having unsual high CPU usage, and I can see Apache is using way too much memory.
I have a feeling, I'm being DOS'd by a single IP - maybe you can help me find him?

I've used the following line, to find the 10 most "active" IPs:

cat access.log | awk '{print $1}' |sort |uniq -c |sort -n |tail


The top 5 IPs have about 200 times as many requests to the server, as the "average" user. However, I can't find out if these 5 are just very frequent visitors, or they are attacking the servers.

Is there are way, to specify the above search to a time interval, eg. the last two hours OR between 10-12 today?

Cheers!

UPDATED 23 OCT 2011 - The commands I needed:

Get entries within last X hours [Here two hours]

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` ' { if ($4 > Date) print Date FS $4}' access.log


Get most active IPs within the last X hours [Here two hours]

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` ' { if ($4 > Date) print $1}' access.log | sort |uniq -c |sort -n | tail


Get entries within relative timespan

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-4 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` -vDate2=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` ' { if ($4 > Date && $4 < Date2) print Date FS Date2 FS $4}' access.log


Get entries within absolute timespan

awk -vDate=`date -d '13:20' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` -vDate2=`date -d'13:30' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` ' { if ($4 > Date && $4 < Date2) print $0}' access.log


Get most active IPs within absolute timespan

awk -vDate=`date -d '13:20' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` -vDate2=`date -d'13:30' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` ' { if ($4 > Date && $4 < Date2) print $1}' access.log | sort |uniq -c |sort -n | tail

Answer

yes, there are multiple ways to do this. Here is how I would go about this. For starters, no need to pipe the output of cat, just open the log file with awk.

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` '$4 > Date {print Date, $0}' access_log

assuming your log looks like mine (they're configurable) than the date is stored in field 4. and is bracketed. What I am doing above is finding everything within the last 2 hours. Note the -d'now-2 hours' or translated literally now minus 2 hours which for me looks something like this: [10/Oct/2011:08:55:23

So what I am doing is storing the formatted value of two hours ago and comparing against field four. The conditional expression should be straight forward.I am then printing the Date, followed by the Output Field Separator (OFS -- or space in this case) followed by the whole line $0. You could use your previous expression and just print $1 (the ip addresses)

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` '$4 > Date {print $1}' | sort  |uniq -c |sort -n | tail

If you wanted to use a range specify two date variables and construct your expression appropriately.

so if you wanted do find something between 2-4hrs ago your expression might looks something like this

awk -vDate=`date -d'now-4 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` -vDate2=`date -d'now-2 hours' +[%d/%b/%Y:%H:%M:%S` '$4 > Date && $4 < Date2 {print Date, Date2, $4} access_log'

Here is a question I answered regarding dates in bash you might find helpful. Print date for the monday of the current week (in bash)

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