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Bug 455856 - Func needs to maintain SELinux file context
Summary: Func needs to maintain SELinux file context
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: func
Version: 10
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bryan Kearney
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-18 12:27 UTC by Daniel Walsh
Modified: 2014-01-21 23:03 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 06:15:17 UTC

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Description Daniel Walsh 2008-07-18 12:27:22 UTC
Description of problem:

Not sure if this is a bug or not, since I have never used func.  We found puppet
was not respecting SELinux labeling and causing files to be mislabed which can
break the system.  When Func installs files it has to make sure the labels on
the files are correct for that system.  As an example if func installed an
update to /etc/services or /etc/nsswitch and labeled it incorrectly most of the
confined network daemons would start to get access denied and may blow up.

SELinux has a couple of system calls that can be used to assure this.  C, Python
and Ruby bindings now exist for libselinux.

( rc, con) = matchpathcon(PATH,MODE)

Will give you an SELinux file context to assign to a file.

setfscreatecon(file, con)

Tells the kernel that all files in the future created by this process will be
created with the context "con".

setfilecon(file, con)  Change the file context of an existing file to "con".

If you already do this correctly then thanks, and close this bugzilla.

Comment 1 Michael DeHaan 2008-07-18 12:46:57 UTC

Thanks for the heads up.

If using the copyfile module right now (which is essentially just scp) it would
just depend on the current directory/file context.   I am not sure if we have
this bug or not, but I imagine if files in /etc have different context and we
overwrite one with the equivalent of a scp, how that context might not be the same?

Func is a Python app, so I suppose we will need to look into the shell
equivalents if there is not a selinux python module available.  Might be neat to
have one :)

Comment 2 Daniel Walsh 2008-07-18 13:56:43 UTC
If the file exists it would be best to keep the current context.  Probably what
you do now.   I probably should open a similar bug on scp.  There are python
bindings,  most of SELinux tools are written in python and the pseudo code I
wrote above is python based.

I guess if you could just experiment and distribute a /etc/resolv.conf and make
sure it ends up as net_conf_t.  Try with the resolv.conf file there and with it

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 02:34:47 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-12-18 06:15:17 UTC
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