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Bug 1057774 - fail2ban apache-auth filter prevented by SELINUX
Summary: fail2ban apache-auth filter prevented by SELINUX
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy
Version: 20
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Miroslav Grepl
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-01-24 19:51 UTC by Derek Atkins
Modified: 2014-02-12 14:44 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

Fixed In Version: selinux-policy-3.12.1-122.fc20
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
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Last Closed: 2014-02-12 14:44:13 UTC

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Description Derek Atkins 2014-01-24 19:51:41 UTC
Description of problem:

fail2ban wants to look at /var/log/httpd but selinux prevents it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

100% if you have selinux turned on in enforcing mode

Steps to Reproduce:
1. turn on the apache-auth jail
2. try to start fail2ban with selinux in enforcing mode
3. fail2ban fails to start

Actual results:

Jan 24 13:11:07 code fail2ban-client: ERROR  No file(s) found for glob /var/log/httpd/*error_log
Jan 24 13:11:07 code fail2ban-client: ERROR  Failed during configuration: Have not found any log file for apache-auth jail

Jan 24 13:11:00 code setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/python2.7 from read access on the directory /var/log/httpd. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l ca28c547-d432-40b8-9771-fe2b278984bb
Jan 24 13:11:02 code setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/python2.7 from read access on the directory /var/log/httpd. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l ca28c547-d432-40b8-9771-fe2b278984bb

Expected results:

fail2ban should work, or there should be documentation on how to get fail2ban to access httpd logs.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Orion Poplawski 2014-01-28 00:02:00 UTC
fail2ban is going to want to read just about anything in /var/log - upstream is developing all kinds of filters on various logfiles.

Comment 2 Miroslav Grepl 2014-01-28 10:08:58 UTC
We have

allow fail2ban_t httpd_log_t : file { ioctl read getattr lock open } 

on F20. Could you attach raw AVC msg?

Comment 3 Derek Atkins 2014-01-28 13:10:03 UTC
Unfortunately, no.  Running "sealert" fails.  If I look at /var/log/audit/audit.log I see:

type=AVC msg=audit(1390585797.652:481): avc:  denied  { read } for  pid=603 comm
="fail2ban-client" name="httpd" dev="sda2" ino=172154 scontext=system_u:system_r
:fail2ban_client_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:httpd_log_t:s0 tclass=dir

So if you have that "allow" it doesn't look like it's there.
I've got: selinux-policy-targeted-3.12.1-119.fc20.noarch

Comment 4 Orion Poplawski 2014-01-28 16:31:16 UTC
Hmm, perhaps fail2ban-client is now doing more checks at startup before starting the daemon.

Comment 5 Miroslav Grepl 2014-01-29 08:33:01 UTC
commit a3eaf0abf7dcbc9c1bdf41c34375f1f6268e1cd2
Author: Miroslav Grepl <>
Date:   Wed Jan 29 09:32:37 2014 +0100

    ALlow also fail2ban-client to read apache logs

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2014-01-29 10:37:34 UTC
selinux-policy-3.12.1-122.fc20 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 20.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2014-01-30 03:32:24 UTC
Package selinux-policy-3.12.1-122.fc20:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 20 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing selinux-policy-3.12.1-122.fc20'
as soon as you are able to.
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Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2014-02-12 14:44:13 UTC
selinux-policy-3.12.1-122.fc20 has been pushed to the Fedora 20 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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