Set up an rsyslog server with multithreaded TLS encryption using stunnel

If you run a rsyslog server using the rsyslog imtcp module with OpenSSL or GnuTLS enabled for encrypted communication support, chances are, as your infrastructure and/or log traffic grow, you will find out, that for TLS offloading, rsyslog is only able to use one thread of your multithreaded system. This is by design and until today, the imtcp module, which is also the only module supporting TLS, is not able to utilize multiple CPUs.

The imptcp, also known as plaintext-tcp module however, does support multiple threads, but cannot do any encryption.

In my case, I found that the only viable solution to multithreaded TLS offloading with rsyslog is to wrap stunnel in front of it, like this in /etc/stunnel/rsyslog-server.conf:


After that, just start your stunnel and enjoy efficient and encrypted syslog-tls input. stunnel is able to utilize your multiple threads properly, forwards to the imptcp input module, which also yields better input performance than the imtcp input module.

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