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Bug 454287 - polkitd can't be launched because of SELinux
Summary: polkitd can't be launched because of SELinux
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: PolicyKit
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Zeuthen
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-07 14:55 UTC by Bastien Nocera
Modified: 2013-03-06 03:56 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-07-25 22:48:47 UTC

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Description Bastien Nocera 2008-07-07 14:55:28 UTC
Trying to launch gnome-lirc-properties:
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/dbus/", line 281, in
    'su', (bus_name, flags)))
  File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/dbus/", line 607, in
    message, timeout)
dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited:
Launch helper exited with unknown return code 1

Using PolicyKit-0.8-3.fc10.i386 and selinux-policy-targeted-3.3.1-55.fc9.noarch


SELinux is preventing polkitd (polkit_t) "setgid" to <Unknown> (polkit_t).

Detailed Description:

SELinux denied access requested by polkitd. It is not expected that this access
is required by polkitd and this access may signal an intrusion attempt. It is
also possible that the specific version or configuration of the application is
causing it to require additional access.

Allowing Access:

You can generate a local policy module to allow this access - see FAQ
( Or you can disable
SELinux protection altogether. Disabling SELinux protection is not recommended.
Please file a bug report (
against this package.

Additional Information:

Source Context                system_u:system_r:polkit_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023
Target Context                system_u:system_r:polkit_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023
Target Objects                None [ capability ]
Source                        polkitd
Source Path                   /usr/libexec/polkitd
Port                          <Unknown>
Source RPM Packages           PolicyKit-0.8-3.fc10
Target RPM Packages           
Policy RPM                    selinux-policy-3.3.1-55.fc9
Selinux Enabled               True
Policy Type                   targeted
MLS Enabled                   True
Enforcing Mode                Enforcing
Plugin Name                   catchall
Host Name           
Platform                      Linux 2.6.25-14.fc9.i686
                              #1 SMP Thu May 1 06:28:41 EDT 2008 i686 i686
Alert Count                   14
First Seen                    Fri Jul  4 17:38:38 2008
Last Seen                     Mon Jul  7 17:48:18 2008
Local ID                      2d54b420-bfcc-49ef-a302-5855e2cf3f6a
Line Numbers                  

Raw Audit Messages     type=AVC msg=audit(1215442098.49:33): avc:  denied
 { setgid } for  pid=13361 comm="polkitd" capability=6
tcontext=system_u:system_r:polkit_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 tclass=capability type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1215442098.49:33):
arch=40000003 syscall=206 success=no exit=-1 a0=1 a1=84805f0 a2=35bff4 a3=1
items=0 ppid=13360 pid=13361 auid=4294967295 uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0
egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0 tty=(none) ses=4294967295 comm="polkitd"
exe="/usr/libexec/polkitd" subj=system_u:system_r:polkit_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 key=(null)

Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2008-07-07 16:23:07 UTC
Fixed in rawhide policy.  Please update your policy.

Comment 2 Bastien Nocera 2008-07-07 16:44:10 UTC
This is also a problem in F9, unfortunately.

Comment 3 Daniel Walsh 2008-07-07 17:48:43 UTC
It should be fixed there also in the latest policy.

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