No firewall logs at host level with log level debug


New Member
May 25, 2018

I have a strange problem and can't find the solution at the moment, so maybe you can give me a hint where i have a problem :)

First i want say the firewall is working like expected, only VPN Port is open, all others(like SSH or Proxmox GUI) are only reachable from internal network which is NATed to the VPN net.

But i don't see any logs from the firewall at host level... for example the only logs from today are:

0 5 - 25/May/2018:06:25:02 +0200 starting pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:15:48:19 +0200 received terminate request (signal)
0 5 - 25/May/2018:15:48:19 +0200 stopping pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:15:49:21 +0200 starting pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:16:08:36 +0200 received terminate request (signal)
0 5 - 25/May/2018:16:08:36 +0200 stopping pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:16:09:29 +0200 starting pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:17:42:17 +0200 received terminate request (signal)
0 5 - 25/May/2018:17:42:17 +0200 stopping pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:17:42:17 +0200 starting pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:34:57 +0200 received terminate request (signal)
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:34:57 +0200 stopping pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:34:59 +0200 starting pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:38:24 +0200 received terminate request (signal)
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:38:24 +0200 stopping pvefw logger
0 5 - 25/May/2018:18:39:24 +0200 starting pvefw logger

Can't believe this, cause the only open port is the VPN port. Espeacially with log_level_in debug i expected some more logging output ;) .

So for example if i try to login by SSH at public IP, i only want to see somewhere that it is blocked.



Active Member
Jul 19, 2018
Hello CSoellinger!
Have you found any type of log file?
I'm searching for about a few hours and haven't found anything.
I know that there is no Live-Log-GUI like OPNsense/pfsense but a firewall.log file should be somewhere, right?

Hopefully you or someone else have found the file.

Best regards,

Sorry, found it a few mins after this post:
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Shawn Fitzpatrick

New Member
Oct 4, 2018
Has anyone found a solution to the lack of firewall logs? The log file only shows the starting, stopping and termination requests as shown by Chris above. My firewalls are working but the lack of a functional log makes troubleshooting and alerting impossible. I'm particularly interested in IPSET lists at both the cluster level and the VM level. I'm using the IPSET mail-attackers-blacklist at the cluster level as a DROP rule in my "mail services" Security Group. The configuration successfully blocks all IPs and CIDR blocks listed in the IPSET but I get no logging either on the GUI or in the /var/log/pve-firewall.log file.

Shawn Fitzpatrick

New Member
Oct 4, 2018
I've been doing some testing and here is what I have found thus far.
I cannot get the firewall at the VM level to log any activity regardless of the configuration but the FW functions.
I have, however, got logging at the host level to report based on entries in the Datacenter >> Firewall >> IPSET >> Blacklist. Entries placed here report to the Host Firewall Log.
Entries placed in the Mail-attackers-blacklist do not report to the log. Functionally they work...but do not seem to report to the log.
Any new IPSET groups created do not log to the host FW,
For solution is to put all offending hosts into the Datacenter Blacklist and create DROP groups in the VM firewalls that specify +Blacklist in the Rule "Source".


New Member
Oct 1, 2018
have / had same thing- but I also had a lot of martians being logged in the system log- do you have log martians on? if I recall it worked several releases ago- but I am still wet behind my I may be mistaken


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