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Fedora 13

Managing Confined Services

Edition 1.4

Fedora Documentation Project

Scott Radvan

Red Hat Engineering Content Services

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Abstract
The Managing Confined Services guide is designed to assist advanced users and administrators when using and configuring SELinux. It is focused on Fedora Linux and describes the components of SELinux as they pertain to services an advanced user or administrator might need to configure. Also included are real-world examples of configuring these services and demonstrations of how SELinux complements their operation.

Preface
1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
1. Trademark Information
2. Introduction
3. Targeted policy
3.1. Type Enforcement
3.2. Confined processes
3.3. Unconfined processes
4. The Apache HTTP Server
4.1. The Apache HTTP Server and SELinux
4.2. Types
4.3. Booleans
4.4. Configuration examples
4.4.1. Running a static site
4.4.2. Sharing NFS and CIFS file systems
4.4.3. Sharing files between services
4.4.4. Changing port numbers
5. Samba
5.1. Samba and SELinux
5.2. Types
5.3. Booleans
5.4. Configuration examples
5.4.1. Sharing directories you create
5.4.2. Sharing a website
6. File Transfer Protocol
6.1. FTP and SELinux
6.2. Types
6.3. Booleans
6.4. Configuration Examples
6.4.1. Uploading to an FTP site
7. Network File System
7.1. NFS and SELinux
7.2. Types
7.3. Booleans
7.4. Configuration Examples
7.4.1. Sharing directories using NFS
8. Berkeley Internet Name Domain
8.1. BIND and SELinux
8.2. Types
8.3. Booleans
8.4. Configuration Examples
8.4.1. Dynamic DNS
9. Concurrent Versioning System
9.1. CVS and SELinux
9.2. Types
9.3. Booleans
9.4. Configuration Examples
9.4.1. Setting up CVS
9.4.2. Server setup
10. Squid Caching Proxy
10.1. Squid Caching Proxy and SELinux
10.2. Types
10.3. Booleans
10.4. Configuration Examples
10.4.1. Squid Connecting to Non-Standard Ports
11. MySQL
11.1. MySQL and SELinux
11.2. Types
11.3. Booleans
11.4. Configuration Examples
11.4.1. MySQL Changing Database Location
12. PostgreSQL
12.1. PostgreSQL and SELinux
12.2. Types
12.3. Booleans
12.4. Configuration Examples
12.4.1. PostgreSQL Changing Database Location
13. rsync
13.1. rsync and SELinux
13.2. Types
13.3. Booleans
13.4. Configuration Examples
13.4.1. Rsync as a daemon
14. Postfix
14.1. Postfix and SELinux
14.2. Types
14.3. Booleans
14.4. Configuration Examples
14.4.1. SpamAssassin and Postfix
15. References

Preface

1. Document Conventions

This manual uses several conventions to highlight certain words and phrases and draw attention to specific pieces of information.
In PDF and paper editions, this manual uses typefaces drawn from the Liberation Fonts set. The Liberation Fonts set is also used in HTML editions if the set is installed on your system. If not, alternative but equivalent typefaces are displayed. Note: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and later includes the Liberation Fonts set by default.

1.1. Typographic Conventions

Four typographic conventions are used to call attention to specific words and phrases. These conventions, and the circumstances they apply to, are as follows.
Mono-spaced Bold
Used to highlight system input, including shell commands, file names and paths. Also used to highlight keycaps and key combinations. For example:
To see the contents of the file my_next_bestselling_novel in your current working directory, enter the cat my_next_bestselling_novel command at the shell prompt and press Enter to execute the command.
The above includes a file name, a shell command and a keycap, all presented in mono-spaced bold and all distinguishable thanks to context.
Key combinations can be distinguished from keycaps by the hyphen connecting each part of a key combination. For example:
Press Enter to execute the command.
Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to the first virtual terminal. Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to return to your X-Windows session.
The first paragraph highlights the particular keycap to press. The second highlights two key combinations (each a set of three keycaps with each set pressed simultaneously).
If source code is discussed, class names, methods, functions, variable names and returned values mentioned within a paragraph will be presented as above, in mono-spaced bold. For example:
File-related classes include filesystem for file systems, file for files, and dir for directories. Each class has its own associated set of permissions.
Proportional Bold
This denotes words or phrases encountered on a system, including application names; dialog box text; labeled buttons; check-box and radio button labels; menu titles and sub-menu titles. For example:
Choose SystemPreferencesMouse from the main menu bar to launch Mouse Preferences. In the Buttons tab, click the Left-handed mouse check box and click Close to switch the primary mouse button from the left to the right (making the mouse suitable for use in the left hand).
To insert a special character into a gedit file, choose ApplicationsAccessoriesCharacter Map from the main menu bar. Next, choose SearchFind… from the Character Map menu bar, type the name of the character in the Search field and click Next. The character you sought will be highlighted in the Character Table. Double-click this highlighted character to place it in the Text to copy field and then click the Copy button. Now switch back to your document and choose EditPaste from the gedit menu bar.
The above text includes application names; system-wide menu names and items; application-specific menu names; and buttons and text found within a GUI interface, all presented in proportional bold and all distinguishable by context.
Mono-spaced Bold Italic or Proportional Bold Italic
Whether mono-spaced bold or proportional bold, the addition of italics indicates replaceable or variable text. Italics denotes text you do not input literally or displayed text that changes depending on circumstance. For example:
To connect to a remote machine using ssh, type ssh username@domain.name at a shell prompt. If the remote machine is example.com and your username on that machine is john, type ssh john@example.com.
The mount -o remount file-system command remounts the named file system. For example, to remount the /home file system, the command is mount -o remount /home.
To see the version of a currently installed package, use the rpm -q package command. It will return a result as follows: package-version-release.
Note the words in bold italics above — username, domain.name, file-system, package, version and release. Each word is a placeholder, either for text you enter when issuing a command or for text displayed by the system.
Aside from standard usage for presenting the title of a work, italics denotes the first use of a new and important term. For example:
Publican is a DocBook publishing system.

1.2. Pull-quote Conventions

Terminal output and source code listings are set off visually from the surrounding text.
Output sent to a terminal is set in mono-spaced roman and presented thus:
books        Desktop   documentation  drafts  mss    photos   stuff  svn
books_tests  Desktop1  downloads      images  notes  scripts  svgs

Source-code listings are also set in mono-spaced roman but add syntax highlighting as follows:
package org.jboss.book.jca.ex1;

import javax.naming.InitialContext;

public class ExClient
{
   public static void main(String args[]) 
       throws Exception
   {
      InitialContext iniCtx = new InitialContext();
      Object         ref    = iniCtx.lookup("EchoBean");
      EchoHome       home   = (EchoHome) ref;
      Echo           echo   = home.create();

      System.out.println("Created Echo");

      System.out.println("Echo.echo('Hello') = " + echo.echo("Hello"));
   }
}

1.3. Notes and Warnings

Finally, we use three visual styles to draw attention to information that might otherwise be overlooked.

Note

Notes are tips, shortcuts or alternative approaches to the task at hand. Ignoring a note should have no negative consequences, but you might miss out on a trick that makes your life easier.

Important

Important boxes detail things that are easily missed: configuration changes that only apply to the current session, or services that need restarting before an update will apply. Ignoring a box labeled 'Important' won't cause data loss but may cause irritation and frustration.

Warning

Warnings should not be ignored. Ignoring warnings will most likely cause data loss.

2. We Need Feedback!

If you find a typographical error in this manual, or if you have thought of a way to make this manual better, we would love to hear from you! Please submit a report in Bugzilla: http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/ against the product Fedora Documentation.
When submitting a bug report, be sure to mention the manual's identifier: selinux-managing-confined-services-guide
If you have a suggestion for improving the documentation, try to be as specific as possible when describing it. If you have found an error, please include the section number and some of the surrounding text so we can find it easily.

Chapter 1. Trademark Information

Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.
UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.
Type Enforcement is a trademark of Secure Computing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of McAfee, Inc., registered in the U.S. and in other countries. Neither McAfee nor Secure Computing, LLC, has consented to the use or reference to this trademark by the author outside of this guide.
Apache is a trademark of The Apache Software Foundation.
MySQL is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems in the United States and other countries.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Other products mentioned may be trademarks of their respective corporations.

Chapter 2. Introduction

Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) refers to files, such as directories and devices, as objects. Processes, such as a user running a command or the Mozilla® Firefox® application, are referred to as subjects. Most operating systems use a Discretionary Access Control (DAC) system that controls how subjects interact with objects, and how subjects interact with each other. On operating systems using DAC, users control the permissions of files (objects) that they own. For example, on Linux® operating systems, users could make their home directories world-readable, inadvertently giving users and processes (subjects) access to potentially sensitive information.
DAC mechanisms are fundamentally inadequate for strong system security. DAC access decisions are only based on user identity and ownership, ignoring other security-relevant information such as the role of the user, the function and trustworthiness of the program, and the sensitivity and integrity of the data. Each user has complete discretion over their files, making it impossible to enforce a system-wide security policy. Furthermore, every program run by a user inherits all of the permissions granted to the user and is free to change access to the user's files, so no protection is provided against malicious software. Many system services and privileged programs must run with coarse-grained privileges that far exceed their requirements, so that a flaw in any one of these programs can be exploited to obtain complete system access.[1]
The following is an example of permissions used on Linux operating systems that do not run Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). The permissions in these examples may differ from your system. Use the ls -l command to view file permissions:
$ ls -l file1
-rwxrw-r-- 1 user1 group1 0 2010-02-28 07:12 file1

The first three permission bits, rwx, control the access the Linux user1 user (in this case, the owner) has to file1. The next three permission bits, rw-, control the access the Linux group1 group has to file1. The last three permission bits, r--, control the access everyone else has to file1, which includes all users and processes.
Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) adds Mandatory Access Control (MAC) to the Linux kernel, and is enabled by default in Fedora. A general purpose MAC architecture needs the ability to enforce an administratively-set security policy over all processes and files in the system, basing decisions on labels containing a variety of security-relevant information. When properly implemented, it enables a system to adequately defend itself and offers critical support for application security by protecting against the tampering with, and bypassing of, secured applications. MAC provides strong separation of applications that permits the safe execution of untrustworthy applications. Its ability to limit the privileges associated with executing processes limits the scope of potential damage that can result from the exploitation of vulnerabilities in applications and system services. MAC enables information to be protected from legitimate users with limited authorization as well as from authorized users who have unwittingly executed malicious applications.[2]
The following is an example of the labels containing security-relevant information that are used on processes, Linux users, and files, on Linux operating systems that run SELinux. This information is called the SELinux context, and is viewed using the ls -Z command:
$ ls -Z file1
-rwxrw-r--  user1 group1 unconfined_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0      file1

In this example, SELinux provides a user (unconfined_u), a role (object_r), a type (user_home_t), and a level (s0). This information is used to make access control decisions. This example also displays the DAC rules, which are shown in the SELinux context via the ls -Z command. SELinux policy rules are checked after DAC rules. SELinux policy rules are not used if DAC rules deny access first.


[1] "Integrating Flexible Support for Security Policies into the Linux Operating System", by Peter Loscocco and Stephen Smalley. This paper was originally prepared for the National Security Agency and is, consequently, in the public domain. Refer to the original paper for details and the document as it was first released. Any edits and changes were done by Murray McAllister.

[2] "Meeting Critical Security Objectives with Security-Enhanced Linux", by Peter Loscocco and Stephen Smalley. This paper was originally prepared for the National Security Agency and is, consequently, in the public domain. Refer to the original paper for details and the document as it was first released. Any edits and changes were done by Murray McAllister.

Chapter 3. Targeted policy

Targeted policy is the default SELinux policy used in Fedora. When using targeted policy, processes that are targeted run in a confined domain, and processes that are not targeted run in an unconfined domain. For example, by default, logged in users run in the unconfined_t domain, and system processes started by init run in the initrc_t domain - both of these domains are unconfined.
SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. This can be achieved via Booleans that allow parts of SELinux policy to be changed at runtime, without any knowledge of SELinux policy writing. This allows changes, such as allowing services access to NFS file systems, without reloading or recompiling SELinux policy. Boolean configuration is discussed later.
Other changes, such as using non-default directories to store files for services, and changing services to run on non-default port numbers, require policy configuration to be updated via tools such as semanage. This is discussed later using detailed configuration examples.

3.1. Type Enforcement

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.

3.2. Confined processes

Almost every service that listens on a network is confined in Fedora. Also, most processes that run as the root user and perform tasks for users, such as the passwd application, are confined. When a process is confined, it runs in its own domain, such as the httpd process running in the httpd_t domain. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited.
The following example demonstrates how SELinux prevents the Apache HTTP Server (httpd) from reading files that are not correctly labeled, such as files intended for use by Samba. This is an example, and should not be used in production. It assumes that the httpd, wget, setroubleshoot-server, and audit packages are installed, that the SELinux targeted policy is used, and that SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
  1. Run the sestatus command to confirm that SELinux is enabled, is running in enforcing mode, and that targeted policy is being used:
    $ /usr/sbin/sestatus
    SELinux status:                 enabled
    SELinuxfs mount:                /selinux
    Current mode:                   enforcing
    Mode from config file:          enforcing
    Policy version:                 24
    Policy from config file:        targeted
    
    
    SELinux status: enabled is returned when SELinux is enabled. Current mode: enforcing is returned when SELinux is running in enforcing mode. Policy from config file: targeted is returned when the SELinux targeted policy is used.
  2. As the root user, run the touch /var/www/html/testfile command to create a file.
  3. Run the ls -Z /var/www/html/testfile command to view the SELinux context:
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /var/www/html/testfile
    
    
    The testfile file is labeled with the SELinux unconfined_u user because a Linux user that is mapped to the unconfined_u SELinux user created the file. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is used for processes, not files. Roles do not have a meaning for files - the object_r role is a generic role used for files (on persistent storage and network file systems). Under the /proc/ directory, files related to processes may use the system_r role.[3] The httpd_sys_content_t type allows the httpd process to access this file.
  4. As the root user, run the service httpd start command to start the httpd process. The output is as follows if httpd starts successfully:
    # /sbin/service httpd start
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  5. Change into a directory where your Linux user has write access to, and run the wget http://localhost/testfile command. Unless there are changes to the default configuration, this command succeeds:
    --2010-02-28 08:44:36--  http://localhost/testfile
    Resolving localhost... 127.0.0.1
    Connecting to localhost|127.0.0.1|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 0 [text/plain]
    Saving to: `testfile'
    
    [ <=>                              ] 0     --.-K/s   in 0s
    		
    2010-02-28 08:44:36 (0.00 B/s) - `testfile' saved [0/0]
    
    
  6. The chcon command relabels files; however, such label changes do not survive when the file system is relabeled. For permanent changes that survive a file system relabel, use the semanage command, which is discussed later. As the root user, run the following command to change the type to a type used by Samba:
    chcon -t samba_share_t /var/www/html/testfile
    Run the ls -Z /var/www/html/testfile command to view the changes:
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0 /var/www/html/testfile
    
    
  7. Note: the current DAC permissions allow the httpd process access to testfile. Change into a directory where your Linux user has write access to, and run the wget http://localhost/testfile command. Unless there are changes to the default configuration, this command fails:
    --2010-02-28 08:45:07--  http://localhost/testfile
    Resolving localhost... 127.0.0.1
    Connecting to localhost|127.0.0.1|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 403 Forbidden
    2010-02-28 08:45:08 ERROR 403: Forbidden.
    
    
  8. As the root user, run the rm -i /var/www/html/testfile command to remove testfile.
  9. If you do not require httpd to be running, as the root user, run the service httpd stop command to stop httpd:
    # /sbin/service httpd stop
    Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
This example demonstrates the additional security added by SELinux. DAC rules allowed the httpd process access to testfile in step 7, but because the file was labeled with a type that the httpd process does not have access to, SELinux denied access. After step 7, an error similar to the following is logged to /var/log/messages:
Apr  6 23:00:54 localhost setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing httpd (httpd_t) "getattr"
to /var/www/html/testfile (samba_share_t). For complete SELinux messages.
run sealert -l c05911d3-e680-4e42-8e36-fe2ab9f8e654

Previous log files may use a /var/log/messages.YYYYMMDD format. When running syslog-ng, previous log files may use a /var/log/messages.X format. If the setroubleshootd and auditd processes are running, errors similar to the following are logged to /var/log/audit/audit.log:
type=AVC msg=audit(1220706212.937:70): avc:  denied  { getattr } for  pid=1904 comm="httpd" path="/var/www/html/testfile" dev=sda5 ino=247576 scontext=unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 tcontext=unconfined_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0  tclass=file

type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1220706212.937:70): arch=40000003 syscall=196 success=no exit=-13 a0=b9e21da0 a1=bf9581dc a2=555ff4 a3=2008171 items=0 ppid=1902 pid=1904 auid=500 uid=48 gid=48 euid=48 suid=48 fsuid=48 egid=48 sgid=48 fsgid=48 tty=(none) ses=1 comm="httpd" exe="/usr/sbin/httpd" subj=unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 key=(null)

Also, an error similar to the following is logged to /var/log/httpd/error_log:
[Sat Apr 06 23:00:54 2009] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (13)Permission denied: access to /testfile denied

3.3. Unconfined processes

Unconfined processes run in unconfined domains. For example, init programs run in the unconfined initrc_t domain, unconfined kernel processes run in the kernel_t domain, and unconfined Linux users run in the unconfined_t domain. For unconfined processes, SELinux policy rules are applied, but policy rules exist that allow processes running in unconfined domains almost all access. Processes running in unconfined domains fall back to using DAC rules exclusively. If an unconfined process is compromised, SELinux does not prevent an attacker from gaining access to system resources and data, but of course, DAC rules are still used. SELinux is a security enhancement on top of DAC rules - it does not replace them.
The following example demonstrates how the Apache HTTP Server (httpd) can access data intended for use by Samba, when running unconfined. Note: in Fedora, the httpd process runs in the confined httpd_t domain by default. This is an example, and should not be used in production. It assumes that the httpd, wget, setroubleshoot-server, and audit packages are installed, that the SELinux targeted policy is used, and that SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
  1. Run the sestatus command to confirm that SELinux is enabled, is running in enforcing mode, and that targeted policy is being used:
    $ /usr/sbin/sestatus
    SELinux status:                 enabled
    SELinuxfs mount:                /selinux
    Current mode:                   enforcing
    Mode from config file:          enforcing
    Policy version:                 24
    Policy from config file:        targeted
    
    
    SELinux status: enabled is returned when SELinux is enabled. Current mode: enforcing is returned when SELinux is running in enforcing mode. Policy from config file: targeted is returned when the SELinux targeted policy is used.
  2. As the root user, run the touch /var/www/html/test2file command to create a file.
  3. Run the ls -Z /var/www/html/test2file command to view the SELinux context:
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /var/www/html/test2file
    
    
    test2file is labeled with the SELinux unconfined_u user because a Linux user that is mapped to the unconfined_u SELinux user created the file. RBAC is used for processes, not files. Roles do not have a meaning for files - the object_r role is a generic role used for files (on persistent storage and network file systems). Under the /proc/ directory, files related to processes may use the system_r role.[4] The httpd_sys_content_t type allows the httpd process to access this file.
  4. The chcon command relabels files; however, such label changes do not survive when the file system is relabeled. For permanent changes that survive a file system relabel, use the semanage command, which is discussed later. As the root user, run the following command to change the type to a type used by Samba:
    chcon -t samba_share_t /var/www/html/test2file
    Run the ls -Z /var/www/html/test2file command to view the changes:
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0 /var/www/html/test2file
    
    
  5. Run the service httpd status command to confirm that the httpd process is not running:
    $ /sbin/service httpd status
    httpd is stopped
    
    
    If the output differs, run the service httpd stop command as the root user to stop the httpd process:
    # /sbin/service httpd stop
    Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  6. To make the httpd process run unconfined, run the following command as the root user to change the type of /usr/sbin/httpd, to a type that does not transition to a confined domain:
    chcon -t unconfined_exec_t /usr/sbin/httpd
  7. Run the ls -Z /usr/sbin/httpd command to confirm that /usr/sbin/httpd is labeled with the unconfined_exec_t type:
    -rwxr-xr-x  root root system_u:object_r:unconfined_exec_t /usr/sbin/httpd
    
    
  8. As the root user, run the service httpd start command to start the httpd process. The output is as follows if httpd starts successfully:
    # /sbin/service httpd start
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  9. Run the ps -eZ | grep httpd command to view the httpd processes running in the unconfined_t domain:
    $ ps -eZ | grep httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7721 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7723 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7724 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7725 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7726 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7727 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7728 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7729 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:unconfined_t 7730 ?      00:00:00 httpd
    
    
  10. Change into a directory where your Linux user has write access to, and run the wget http://localhost/test2file command. Unless there are changes to the default configuration, this command succeeds:
    --2008-09-07 01:41:10--  http://localhost/test2file
    Resolving localhost... 127.0.0.1
    Connecting to localhost|127.0.0.1|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 0 [text/plain]
    Saving to: `test2file.1'
    
    [ <=>                            ]--.-K/s   in 0s      
    	
    2008-09-07 01:41:10 (0.00 B/s) - `test2file.1' saved [0/0]
    
    
    Although the httpd process does not have access to files labeled with the samba_share_t type, httpd is running in the unconfined unconfined_t domain, and falls back to using DAC rules, and as such, the wget command succeeds. Had httpd been running in the confined httpd_t domain, the wget command would have failed.
  11. The restorecon command restores the default SELinux context for files. As the root user, run the restorecon -v /usr/sbin/httpd command to restore the default SELinux context for /usr/sbin/httpd:
    # /sbin/restorecon -v /usr/sbin/httpd
    restorecon reset /usr/sbin/httpd context system_u:object_r:unconfined_notrans_exec_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_exec_t:s0
    
    
    Run the ls -Z /usr/sbin/httpd command to confirm that /usr/sbin/httpd is labeled with the httpd_exec_t type:
    $ ls -Z /usr/sbin/httpd
    -rwxr-xr-x  root root system_u:object_r:httpd_exec_t   /usr/sbin/httpd
    
    
  12. As the root user, run the /sbin/service httpd restart command to restart httpd. After restarting, run the ps -eZ | grep httpd to confirm that httpd is running in the confined httpd_t domain:
    # /sbin/service httpd restart
    Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    # ps -eZ | grep httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8880 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8882 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8883 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8884 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8885 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8886 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8887 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8888 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t    8889 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    
    
  13. As the root user, run the rm -i /var/www/html/test2file command to remove test2file.
  14. If you do not require httpd to be running, as the root user, run the service httpd stop command to stop httpd:
    # /sbin/service httpd stop
    Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
The examples in these sections demonstrate how data can be protected from a compromised confined process (protected by SELinux), as well as how data is more accessible to an attacker from a compromised unconfined process (not protected by SELinux).


[3] When using other policies, such as MLS, other roles may be used, for example, secadm_r.

[4] When using other policies, such as MLS, other roles may also be used, for example, secadm_r.

Chapter 4. The Apache HTTP Server

"The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards".[5]
In Fedora, the httpd package provides the Apache HTTP Server. Run rpm -q httpd to see if the httpd package is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use the Apache HTTP Server, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install httpd

4.1. The Apache HTTP Server and SELinux

When SELinux is enabled, the Apache HTTP Server (httpd) runs confined by default. Confined processes run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined processes. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited. The following example demonstrates the httpd processes running in their own domain. This example assumes the httpd package is installed:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service httpd start as the root user to start httpd:
    # service httpd start
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep httpd to view the httpd processes:
    $ ps -eZ | grep httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2850 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2852 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2853 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2854 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2855 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2856 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2857 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2858 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 2859 ?        00:00:00 httpd
    
    
    The SELinux context associated with the httpd processes is unconfined_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0. The second last part of the context, httpd_t, is the type. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the httpd processes are running in the httpd_t domain.
SELinux policy defines how processes running in confined domains, such as httpd_t, interact with files, other processes, and the system in general. Files must be labeled correctly to allow httpd access to them. For example, httpd can read files labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type, but can not write to them, even if Linux permissions allow write access. Booleans must be turned on to allow certain behavior, such as allowing scripts network access, allowing httpd access to NFS and CIFS file systems, and httpd being allowed to execute Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts.
When /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf is configured so httpd listens on a port other than TCP ports 80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, or 8443, the semanage port command must be used to add the new port number to SELinux policy configuration. The following example demonstrates configuring httpd to listen on a port that is not defined in SELinux policy configuration for httpd, and, as a consequence, httpd failing to start. This example also demonstrates how to then configure the SELinux system to allow httpd to successfully listen on a non-standard port that is not already defined in the policy. This example assumes the httpd package is installed. Run each command in the example as the root user:
  1. Run service httpd status to confirm httpd is not running:
    # service httpd status
    httpd is stopped
    
    
    If the output differs, run service httpd stop to stop the process:
    # service httpd stop
    Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  2. Run semanage port -l | grep -w http_port_t to view the ports SELinux allows httpd to listen on:
    # semanage port -l | grep -w http_port_t
    http_port_t                    tcp      80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, 8443
    
    
  3. Edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf as the root user. Configure the Listen option so it lists a port that is not configured in SELinux policy configuration for httpd. In this example, httpd is configured to listen on port 12345:
    # Change this to Listen on specific IP addresses as shown below to 
    # prevent Apache from glomming onto all bound IP addresses (0.0.0.0)
    #
    #Listen 12.34.56.78:80
    Listen 127.0.0.1:12345
    
    
  4. Run service httpd start to start httpd:
    # service httpd start
    Starting httpd: (13)Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address 127.0.0.1:12345
    no listening sockets available, shutting down
    Unable to open logs					   [FAILED]
    
    
    An SELinux denial similar to the following is logged to /var/log/messages:
    setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing the httpd (httpd_t) from binding to port 12345. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l f18bca99-db64-4c16-9719-1db89f0d8c77
    
    
  5. For SELinux to allow httpd to listen on port 12345, as used in this example, the following command is required:
    # semanage port -a -t http_port_t -p tcp 12345
    
    
  6. Run service httpd start again to start httpd and have it listen on the new port:
    # service httpd start
    Starting httpd:						   [  OK  ]
    
    
  7. Now that SELinux has been configured to allow httpd to listen on a non-standard port (TCP 12345 in this example), httpd starts successfully on this port.
  8. To prove that httpd is listening and communicating on TCP port 12345, open a telnet connection to the specified port and issue a HTTP GET command, as follows:
    # telnet localhost 12345
    Trying 127.0.0.1...
    Connected to localhost.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    GET / HTTP/1.0
    
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:12:10 GMT
    Server: Apache/2.2.11 (Fedora)
    Accept-Ranges: bytes
    Content-Length: 3918
    Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
    [...continues...]
    
    

4.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following example creates a new file in the /var/www/html/ directory, and shows the file inheriting the httpd_sys_content_t type from its parent directory (/var/www/html/):
  1. Run ls -dZ /var/www/html to view the SELinux context of /var/www/html/:
    $ ls -dZ /var/www/html
    drwxr-xr-x  root root system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /var/www/html
    
    
    This shows /var/www/html/ is labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type.
  2. Run touch /var/www/html/file1 as the root user to create a new file.
  3. Run ls -Z /var/www/html/file1 to view the SELinux context:
    $ ls -Z /var/www/html/file1
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /var/www/html/file1
    
    
The ls -Z command shows file1 labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type. SELinux allows httpd to read files labeled with this type, but not write to them, even if Linux permissions allow write access. SELinux policy defines what types a process running in the httpd_t domain (where httpd runs) can read and write to. This helps prevent processes from accessing files intended for use by another process.
For example, httpd can access files labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type (intended for the Apache HTTP Server), but by default, can not access files labeled with the samba_share_t type (intended for Samba). Also, files in user home directories are labeled with the user_home_t type: by default, this prevents httpd from reading or writing to files in user home directories.
The following types are used with httpd. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
httpd_sys_content_t
Use this type for static web content, such as .html files used by a static website. Files labeled with this type are accessible (read only) to httpd and scripts executed by httpd. By default, files and directories labeled with this type can not be written to or modified by httpd or other processes. Note: by default, files created in or copied into /var/www/html/ are labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type.
httpd_sys_script_exec_t
Use this type for scripts you want httpd to execute. This type is commonly used for Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts in /var/www/cgi-bin/. By default, SELinux policy prevents httpd from executing CGI scripts. To allow this, label the scripts with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type and turn the httpd_enable_cgi Boolean on. Scripts labeled with httpd_sys_script_exec_t run in the httpd_sys_script_t domain when executed by httpd. The httpd_sys_script_t domain has access to other system domains, such as postgresql_t and mysqld_t.
httpd_sys_content_rw_t
Files labeled with this type can be written to by scripts labeled with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type, but can not be modified by scripts labeled with any other type. You must use the httpd_sys_content_rw_t type to label files that will be read from and written to by scripts labeled with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type.
httpd_sys_content_ra_t
Files labeled with this type can be appended to by scripts labeled with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type, but can not be modified by scripts labeled with any other type. You must use the httpd_sys_content_ra_t type to label files that will be read from and appended to by scripts labeled with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type.
httpd_unconfined_script_exec_t
Scripts labeled with this type run without SELinux protection. Only use this type for complex scripts, after exhausting all other options. It is better to use this type instead of turning SELinux protection off for httpd, or for the entire system.
Changing the SELinux Context
The type for files and directories can be changed with the chcon command. Changes made with chcon do not survive a file system relabel or the restorecon command. SELinux policy controls whether users are able to modify the SELinux context for any given file. The following example demonstrates creating a new directory and an index.html file for use by httpd, and labeling that file and directory to allow httpd access to them:
  1. Run mkdir -p /my/website as the root user to create a top-level directory structure to store files to be used by httpd.
  2. Files and directories that do not match a pattern in file-context configuration may be labeled with the default_t type. This type is inaccessible to confined services:
    $ ls -dZ /my
    drwxr-xr-x  root root unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0 /my
    
    
  3. Run chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /my/ as the root user to change the type of the /my/ directory and subdirectories, to a type accessible to httpd. Now, files created under /my/website/ inherit the httpd_sys_content_t type, rather than the default_t type, and are therefore accessible to httpd:
    # chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /my/
    # touch /my/website/index.html
    # ls -Z /my/website/index.html
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /my/website/index.html
    
    
Use the semanage fcontext command to make label changes that survive a relabel and the restorecon command. This command adds changes to file-context configuration. Then, run the restorecon command, which reads file-context configuration, to apply the label change. The following example demonstrates creating a new directory and an index.html file for use by httpd, and persistently changing the label of that directory and file to allow httpd access to them:
  1. Run mkdir -p /my/website as the root user to create a top-level directory structure to store files to be used by httpd.
  2. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_content_t "/my(/.*)?"
    
    
    The "/my(/.*)?" expression means the label change applies to the /my/ directory and all files and directories under it.
  3. Run touch /my/website/index.html as the root user to create a new file.
  4. Run restorecon -R -v /my/ as the root user to apply the label changes (restorecon reads file-context configuration, which was modified by the semanage command in step 2):
    # restorecon -R -v /my/
    restorecon reset /my context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0
    restorecon reset /my/website context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0
    restorecon reset /my/website/index.html context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0
    
    

4.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. This can be achieved via Booleans that allow parts of SELinux policy to be changed at runtime, without any knowledge of SELinux policy writing. This allows changes, such as allowing services access to NFS file systems, without reloading or recompiling SELinux policy.
To modify the state of a Boolean, use the setsebool command. For example, to turn the allow_httpd_anon_write Boolean on, run the following command as the root user:
# setsebool -P allow_httpd_anon_write on
To turn a Boolean off, using the same example, simply change on to off in the command, as shown below:
# setsebool -P allow_httpd_anon_write off

Note

Do not use the -P option if you do not want setsebool changes to persist across reboots.
Below is a description of common Booleans available that cater for the way httpd is running:
allow_httpd_anon_write
When disabled, this Boolean allows httpd only read access to files labeled with the public_content_rw_t type. Enabling this Boolean will allow httpd to write to files labeled with the public_content_rw_t type, such as a public directory containing files for a public file transfer service.
allow_httpd_mod_auth_ntlm_winbind
Enabling this Boolean allows access to NTLM and Winbind authentication mechanisms via the mod_auth_ntlm_winbind module in httpd.
allow_httpd_mod_auth_pam
Enabling this Boolean allows access to PAM authentication mechanisms via the mod_auth_pam module in httpd.
allow_httpd_sys_script_anon_write
This Boolean defines whether or not HTTP scripts are allowed write access to files labeled with the public_content_rw_t type, as used in a public file transfer service.
httpd_builtin_scripting
This Boolean defines access to httpd scripting. Having this Boolean enabled is often required for PHP content.
httpd_can_network_connect
When disabled, this Boolean prevents HTTP scripts and modules from initiating a connection to a network or remote port. Turn this Boolean on to allow this access.
httpd_can_network_connect_db
When disabled, this Boolean prevents HTTP scripts and modules from initiating a connection to database servers. Turn this Boolean on to allow this access.
httpd_can_network_relay
Turn this Boolean on when httpd is being used as a forward or reverse proxy.
httpd_can_sendmail
When disabled, this Boolean prevents HTTP modules from sending mail. This can prevent spam attacks should a vulnerability be found in httpd. Turn this Boolean on to allow HTTP modules to send mail.
httpd_dbus_avahi
When off, this Boolean denies httpd access to the avahi service via D-Bus. Turn this Boolean on to allow this access.
httpd_enable_cgi
When disabled, this Boolean prevents httpd from executing CGI scripts. Turn this Boolean on to allow httpd to execute CGI scripts (CGI scripts must be labeled with the httpd_sys_script_exec_t type).
httpd_enable_ftp_server
Turning this Boolean on will allow httpd to listen on the FTP port and act as an FTP server.
httpd_enable_homedirs
When disabled, this Boolean prevents httpd from accessing user home directories. Turn this Boolean on to allow httpd access to user home directories; for example, content in /home/*/.
httpd_execmem
When enabled, this Boolean allows httpd to execute programs that require memory addresses that are both executable and writeable. Enabling this Boolean is not recommended from a security standpoint as it reduces protection against buffer overflows, however certain modules and applications (such as Java and Mono applications) require this privilege.
httpd_ssi_exec
This Boolean defines whether or not server side include (SSI) elements in a web page can be executed.
httpd_tmp_exec
Enabling this Boolean allows httpd to execute files in temporary directories.
httpd_tty_comm
This Boolean defines whether or not httpd is allowed access to the controlling terminal. Usually this access is not required, however in cases such as configuring an SSL certificate file, terminal access is required to display and process a password prompt.
httpd_unified
When enabled, this Boolean allows httpd_t complete access to all of the httpd types (i.e. to execute, read, or write sys_content_t). When disabled, there is separation in place between web content that is read-only, writeable or executable. Disabling this Boolean ensures an extra level of security but adds the administrative overhead of having to individually label scripts and other web content based on the file access that each should have.
httpd_use_cifs
Turn this Boolean on to allow httpd access to files on CIFS file systems that are labeled with the cifs_t type, such as file systems mounted via Samba.
httpd_use_gpg
Enabling this Boolean allows httpd to make use of GPG encryption.
httpd_use_nfs
Turn this Boolean on to allow httpd access to files on NFS file systems that are labeled with the nfs_t type, such as file systems mounted via NFS.

4.4. Configuration examples

The following examples provide real-world demonstrations of how SELinux complements the Apache HTTP Server and how full function of the Apache HTTP Server can be maintained.

4.4.1. Running a static site

To create a static website, label the .html files for that website with the httpd_sys_content_t type. By default, the Apache HTTP Server can not write to files that are labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type. The following example creates a new directory to store files for a read-only website:
  1. Run mkdir /mywebsite as the root user to create a top-level directory.
  2. As the root user, create a /mywebsite/index.html file. Copy and paste the following content into /mywebsite/index.html:
    <html>
    <h2>index.html from /mywebsite/</h2>
    </html>
    
    
  3. To allow the Apache HTTP Server read only access to /mywebsite/, as well as files and subdirectories under it, label /mywebsite/ with the httpd_sys_content_t type. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    # semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_content_t "/mywebsite(/.*)?"
    
    
  4. Run restorecon -R -v /mywebsite as the root user to make the label changes:
    # restorecon -R -v /mywebsite
    restorecon reset /mywebsite context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0
    restorecon reset /mywebsite/index.html context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0
    
    
  5. For this example, edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf as the root user. Comment out the existing DocumentRoot option. Add a DocumentRoot "/mywebsite" option. After editing, these options should look as follows:
    #DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"
    DocumentRoot "/mywebsite"
    
    
  6. Run service httpd status as the root user to see the status of the Apache HTTP Server. If the server is stopped, run service httpd start as the root user to start it. If the server is running, run service httpd restart as the root user to restart the service (this also applies any changes made to httpd.conf).
  7. Use a web browser to navigate to http://localhost/index.html. The following is displayed:
    index.html from /mywebsite/
    
    

4.4.2. Sharing NFS and CIFS file systems

By default, NFS mounts on the client side are labeled with a default context defined by policy for NFS file systems. In common policies, this default context uses the nfs_t type. Also, by default, Samba shares mounted on the client side are labeled with a default context defined by policy. In common policies, this default context uses the cifs_t type.
Depending on policy configuration, services may not be able to read files labeled with the nfs_t or cifs_t types. This may prevent file systems labeled with these types from being mounted and then read or exported by other services. Booleans can be turned on or off to control which services are allowed to access the nfs_t and cifs_t types.
Turn the httpd_use_nfs Boolean on to allow httpd to access and share NFS file systems (labeled with the nfs_t type. Run the setsebool command as the root user to turn the Boolean on:
setsebool -P httpd_use_nfs on

Turn the httpd_use_cifs Boolean on to allow httpd to access and share CIFS file systems (labeled with the cifs_t type. Run the setsebool command as the root user to turn the Boolean on:
setsebool -P httpd_use_cifs on

Note

Do not use the -P option if you do not want setsebool changes to persist across reboots.

4.4.3. Sharing files between services

Type Enforcement helps prevent processes from accessing files intended for use by another process. For example, by default, Samba can not read files labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type, which are intended for use by the Apache HTTP Server. Files can be shared between the Apache HTTP Server, FTP, rsync, and Samba, if the desired files are labeled with the public_content_t or public_content_rw_t type.
The following example creates a directory and files, and allows that directory and files to be shared (read only) through the Apache HTTP Server, FTP, rsync, and Samba:
  1. Run mkdir /shares as the root user to create a new top-level directory to share files between multiple services.
  2. Files and directories that do not match a pattern in file-context configuration may be labeled with the default_t type. This type is inaccessible to confined services:
    $ ls -dZ /shares
    drwxr-xr-x  root root unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0 /shares
    
    
  3. As the root user, create a /shares/index.html file. Copy and paste the following content into /shares/index.html:
    <html>
    <body>
    <p>Hello</p>
    </body>
    </html>
    
    
  4. Labeling /shares/ with the public_content_t type allows read-only access by the Apache HTTP Server, FTP, rsync, and Samba. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    semanage fcontext -a -t public_content_t "/shares(/.*)?"
    
    
  5. Run restorecon -R -v /shares/ as the root user to apply the label changes:
    # restorecon -R -v /shares/
    restorecon reset /shares context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0
    restorecon reset /shares/index.html context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0
    
    
To share /shares/ through Samba:
  1. Run rpm -q samba samba-common samba-client to confirm the samba, samba-common, and samba-client packages are installed (version numbers may differ):
    $ rpm -q samba samba-common samba-client
    samba-3.5.2-59.fc13.i386
    samba-common-3.5.2-59.fc13.i386
    samba-client-3.5.2-59.fc13.i386
    
    
    If any of these packages are not installed, install them by running yum install package-name as the root user.
  2. Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf as the root user. Add the following entry to the bottom of this file to share the /shares/ directory through Samba:
    [shares]
    comment = Documents for Apache HTTP Server, FTP, rsync, and Samba
    path = /shares
    public = yes
    writeable = no
    
    
  3. A Samba account is required to mount a Samba file system. Run smbpasswd -a username as the root user to create a Samba account, where username is an existing Linux user. For example, smbpasswd -a testuser creates a Samba account for the Linux testuser user:
    # smbpasswd -a testuser
    New SMB password: Enter a password
    Retype new SMB password: Enter the same password again
    Added user testuser.
    
    
    Running smbpasswd -a username, where username is the username of a Linux account that does not exist on the system, causes a Cannot locate Unix account for 'username'! error.
  4. Run service smb start as the root user to start the Samba service:
    service smb start
    Starting SMB services:                                     [  OK  ]
    
    
  5. Run smbclient -U username -L localhost to list the available shares, where username is the Samba account added in step 3. When prompted for a password, enter the password assigned to the Samba account in step 3 (version numbers may differ):
    $ smbclient -U username -L localhost
    Enter username's password:
    Domain=[HOSTNAME] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.5.2-59.fc13]
    
    Sharename       Type      Comment
    ---------       ----      -------
    shares          Disk      Documents for Apache HTTP Server, FTP, rsync, and Samba
    IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba Server Version 3.5.2-59)
    username        Disk      Home Directories
    Domain=[HOSTNAME] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.5.2-59.fc13]
    
    Server               Comment
    ---------            -------
    
    Workgroup            Master
    ---------            -------
    
    
  6. Run mkdir /test/ as the root user to create a new directory. This directory will be used to mount the shares Samba share.
  7. Run the following command as the root user to mount the shares Samba share to /test/, replacing username with the username from step 3:
    mount //localhost/shares /test/ -o user=username
    
    Enter the password for username, which was configured in step 3.
  8. Run cat /test/index.html to view the file, which is being shared through Samba:
    $ cat /test/index.html
    <html>
    <body>
    <p>Hello</p>
    </body>
    </html>
    
    
To share /shares/ through the Apache HTTP Server:
  1. Run rpm -q httpd to confirm the httpd package is installed (version number may differ):
    $ rpm -q httpd
    httpd-2.2.11-6.i386
    
    
    If this package is not installed, run yum install httpd as the root user to install it.
  2. Change into the /var/www/html/ directory. Run the following command as the root user to create a link (named shares) to the /shares/ directory:
    ln -s /shares/ shares
    
    
  3. Run service httpd start as the root user to start the Apache HTTP Server:
    service httpd start
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  4. Use a web browser to navigate to http://localhost/shares. The /shares/index.html file is displayed.
By default, the Apache HTTP Server reads an index.html file if it exists. If /shares/ did not have index.html, and instead had file1, file2, and file3, a directory listing would occur when accessing http://localhost/shares:
  1. Run rm -i /shares/index.html as the root user to remove the index.html file.
  2. Run touch /shares/file{1,2,3} as the root user to create three files in /shares/:
    # touch /shares/file{1,2,3}
    # ls -Z /shares/
    -rw-r--r--  root root system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0 file1
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0 file2
    -rw-r--r--  root root unconfined_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0 file3
    
    
  3. Run service httpd status as the root user to see the status of the Apache HTTP Server. If the server is stopped, run service httpd start as the root user to start it.
  4. Use a web browser to navigate to http://localhost/shares. A directory listing is displayed:

4.4.4. Changing port numbers

Depending on policy configuration, services may only be allowed to run on certain port numbers. Attempting to change the port a service runs on without changing policy may result in the service failing to start. Run semanage port -l | grep -w "http_port_t" as the root user to list the ports SELinux allows httpd to listen on:
# semanage port -l | grep -w http_port_t
http_port_t                    tcp      80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, 8443

By default, SELinux allows http to listen on TCP ports 80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, or 8443. If /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf is configured so that httpd listens on any port not listed for http_port_t, httpd fails to start.
To configure httpd to run on a port other than TCP ports 80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, or 8443:
  1. Edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf as the root user so the Listen option lists a port that is not configured in SELinux policy for httpd. The following example configures httpd to listen on the 10.0.0.1 IP address, and on port 12345:
    # Change this to Listen on specific IP addresses as shown below to 
    # prevent Apache from glomming onto all bound IP addresses (0.0.0.0)
    #
    #Listen 12.34.56.78:80
    Listen 10.0.0.1:12345
    
    
  2. Run semanage port -a -t http_port_t -p tcp 12345 as the root user to add the port to SELinux policy configuration.
  3. Run semanage port -l | grep -w http_port_t as the root user to confirm the port is added:
    # semanage port -l | grep -w http_port_t
    http_port_t                    tcp      12345, 80, 443, 488, 8008, 8009, 8443
    
    
If you no longer run httpd on port 12345, run semanage port -d -t http_port_t -p tcp 12345 as the root user to remove the port from policy configuration.


[5] From the "The Number One HTTP Server On The Internet" section of the Apache HTTP Server Project page: http://httpd.apache.org/. Copyright © 2010 The Apache Software Foundation. Accessed 1 March 2010.

Chapter 5. Samba

From the Samba website:
"Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that has, since 1992, provided file and print services to all manner of SMB/CIFS clients, including the numerous versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Samba is freely available under the GNU General Public License.".[6]
In Fedora, the samba package provides the Samba server. Run rpm -q samba to see if the samba package is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use Samba, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install samba

5.1. Samba and SELinux

When SELinux is enabled, the Samba server (smbd) runs confined by default. Confined services run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined services. The following example demonstrates the smbd process running in its own domain. This example assumes the samba package is installed:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service smbd start as the root user to start smbd:
    service smb start
    Starting SMB services:                                     [  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep smb to view the smbd processes:
    $ ps -eZ | grep smb
    unconfined_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 16420 ?        00:00:00 smbd
    unconfined_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0 16422 ?        00:00:00 smbd
    
    
    The SELinux context associated with the smbd processes is unconfined_u:system_r:smbd_t:s0. The second last part of the context, smbd_t, is the type. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the smbd processes are running in the smbd_t domain.
Files must be labeled correctly to allow smbd to access and share them. For example, smbd can read and write to files labeled with the samba_share_t type, but by default, can not access files labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type, which is intended for use by the Apache HTTP Server. Booleans must be turned on to allow certain behavior, such as allowing home directories and NFS file systems to be exported through Samba, as well as to allow Samba to act as a domain controller.

5.2. Types

Label files with the samba_share_t type to allow Samba to share them. Only label files you have created, and do not relabel system files with the samba_share_t type: Booleans can be turned on to share such files and directories. SELinux allows Samba to write to files labeled with the samba_share_t type, as long as /etc/samba/smb.conf and Linux permissions are set accordingly.
The samba_etc_t type is used on certain files in /etc/samba/, such as smb.conf. Do not manually label files with the samba_etc_t type. If files in /etc/samba/ are not labeled correctly, run restorecon -R -v /etc/samba as the root user to restore such files to their default contexts. If /etc/samba/smb.conf is not labeled with the samba_etc_t type, the service smb start command may fail and an SELinux denial may be logged. The following is an example denial logged to /var/log/messages when /etc/samba/smb.conf was labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type:
setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing smbd (smbd_t) "read" to ./smb.conf (httpd_sys_content_t). For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l deb33473-1069-482b-bb50-e4cd05ab18af

5.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Booleans allow you to tell SELinux how you are running Samba:
allow_smbd_anon_write
Having this Boolean enables allows smbd to write to a public directory, such as an area reserved for common files that otherwise has no special access restrictions.
samba_create_home_dirs
Having this Boolean enabled allows Samba to create new home directories independently. This is often done by mechanisms such as PAM.
samba_domain_controller
When enabled, this Boolean allows Samba to act as a domain controller, as well as giving it permission to execute related commands such as useradd, groupadd and passwd.
samba_enable_home_dirs
Enabling this Boolean allows Samba to share users' home directories.
samba_export_all_ro
Export any file or directory, allowing read-only permissions. This allows files and directories that are not labeled with the samba_share_t type to be shared through Samba. When the samba_export_all_ro Boolean is on, but the samba_export_all_rw Boolean is off, write access to Samba shares is denied, even if write access is configured in /etc/samba/smb.conf, as well as Linux permissions allowing write access.
samba_export_all_rw
Export any file or directory, allowing read and write permissions. This allows files and directories that are not labeled with the samba_share_t type to be exported through Samba. Permissions in /etc/samba/smb.conf and Linux permissions must be configured to allow write access.
samba_run_unconfined
Having this Boolean enabled allows Samba to run unconfined scripts in the /var/lib/samba/scripts directory.
samba_share_fusefs
This Boolean must be enabled for Samba to share fusefs file systems.
samba_share_nfs
Disabling this Boolean prevents smbd from having full access to NFS shares via Samba. Enabling this Boolean will allow Samba to share NFS file systems.
use_samba_home_dirs
Enable this Boolean to use a remote server for Samba home directories.
virt_use_samba
Allow virt to manage CIFS files.

5.4. Configuration examples

The following examples provide real-world demonstrations of how SELinux complements the Samba server and how full function of the Samba server can be maintained.

5.4.1. Sharing directories you create

The following example creates a new directory, and shares that directory through Samba:
  1. Run rpm -q samba samba-common samba-client to confirm the samba, samba-common, and samba-client packages are installed. If any of these packages are not installed, install them by running yum install package-name as the root user.
  2. Run mkdir /myshare as the root user to create a new top-level directory to share files through Samba.
  3. Run touch /myshare/file1 as the root user to create an empty file. This file is used later to verify the Samba share mounted correctly.
  4. SELinux allows Samba to read and write to files labeled with the samba_share_t type, as long as /etc/samba/smb.conf and Linux permissions are set accordingly. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    semanage fcontext -a -t samba_share_t "/myshare(/.*)?"
    
    
  5. Run restorecon -R -v /myshare as the root user to apply the label changes:
    # restorecon -R -v /myshare
    restorecon reset /myshare context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0
    restorecon reset /myshare/file1 context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:samba_share_t:s0
    
    
  6. Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf as the root user. Add the following to the bottom of this file to share the /myshare/ directory through Samba:
    [myshare]
    comment = My share
    path = /myshare
    public = yes
    writeable = no
    
    
  7. A Samba account is required to mount a Samba file system. Run smbpasswd -a username as the root user to create a Samba account, where username is an existing Linux user. For example, smbpasswd -a testuser creates a Samba account for the Linux testuser user:
    # smbpasswd -a testuser
    New SMB password: Enter a password
    Retype new SMB password: Enter the same password again
    Added user testuser.
    
    
    Running smbpasswd -a username, where username is the username of a Linux account that does not exist on the system, causes a Cannot locate Unix account for 'username'! error.
  8. Run service smb start as the root user to start the Samba service:
    service smb start
    Starting SMB services:                                     [  OK  ]
    
    
  9. Run smbclient -U username -L localhost to list the available shares, where username is the Samba account added in step 7. When prompted for a password, enter the password assigned to the Samba account in step 7 (version numbers may differ):
    $ smbclient -U username -L localhost
    Enter username's password:
    Domain=[HOSTNAME] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.5.2-59.fc13]
    
    Sharename       Type      Comment
    ---------       ----      -------
    myshare         Disk      My share
    IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba Server Version 3.5.2-59.fc13)
    username        Disk      Home Directories
    Domain=[HOSTNAME] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.5.2-59.fc13]
    
    Server               Comment
    ---------            -------
    
    Workgroup            Master
    ---------            -------
    
    
  10. Run mkdir /test/ as the root user to create a new directory. This directory will be used to mount the myshare Samba share.
  11. Run the following command as the root user to mount the myshare Samba share to /test/, replacing username with the username from step 7:
    mount //localhost/myshare /test/ -o user=username
    
    Enter the password for username, which was configured in step 7.
  12. Run ls /test/ to view the file1 file created in step 3:
    $ ls /test/
    file1
    
    

5.4.2. Sharing a website

It may not be possible to label files with the samba_share_t type, for example, when wanting to share a website in /var/www/html/. For these cases, use the samba_export_all_ro Boolean to share any file or directory (regardless of the current label), allowing read only permissions, or the samba_export_all_rw Boolean to share any file or directory (regardless of the current label), allowing read and write permissions.
The following example creates a file for a website in /var/www/html/, and then shares that file through Samba, allowing read and write permissions. This example assumes the httpd, samba, samba-common, samba-client, and wget packages are installed:
  1. As the root user, create a /var/www/html/file1.html file. Copy and paste the following content into /var/www/html/file1.html:
    <html>
    <h2>File being shared through the Apache HTTP Server and Samba.</h2>
    </html>
    
    
  2. Run ls -Z /var/www/html/file1.html to view the SELinux context of file1.html:
    $ ls -Z /var/www/html/file1.html
    -rw-r--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 /var/www/html/file1.html
    
    
    file1.index.html is labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t. By default, the Apache HTTP Server can access this type, but Samba can not.
  3. Run service httpd start as the root user to start the Apache HTTP Server:
    service httpd start
    Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  4. Change into a directory your user has write access to, and run the wget http://localhost/file1.html command. Unless there are changes to the default configuration, this command succeeds:
    $ wget http://localhost/file1.html
    --2009-03-02 16:32:01--  http://localhost/file1.html
    Resolving localhost... 127.0.0.1
    Connecting to localhost|127.0.0.1|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 84 [text/html]
    Saving to: `file1.html.1'
    
    100%[=======================>] 84          --.-K/s   in 0s      
    
    2009-03-02 16:32:01 (563 KB/s) - `file1.html.1' saved [84/84]
    
    
  5. Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf as the root user. Add the following to the bottom of this file to share the /var/www/html/ directory through Samba:
    [website]
    comment = Sharing a website
    path = /var/www/html/
    public = no
    writeable = no
    
    
  6. The /var/www/html/ directory is labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type. By default, Samba can not access files and directories labeled with the httpd_sys_content_t type, even if Linux permissions allow it. To allow Samba access, run the following command as the root user to turn the samba_export_all_ro Boolean on:
    setsebool -P samba_export_all_ro on
    
    
    Do not use the -P option if you do not want the change to persist across reboots. Note: turning the samba_export_all_ro Boolean on allows Samba to access any type.
  7. Run service smb start as the root user to start smbd:
    service smb start
    Starting SMB services:                                     [  OK  ]
    
    


[6] From the opening paragraph on the Samba website: http://samba.org. Accessed 20 January 2009.

Chapter 6. File Transfer Protocol

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the oldest and most commonly used protocols found on the Internet today. Its purpose is to reliably transfer files between computer hosts on a network without requiring the user to log directly into the remote host or have knowledge of how to use the remote system. It allows users to access files on remote systems using a standard set of simple commands.[7]
The Very Secure FTP Daemon (vsftpd) is designed from the ground up to be fast, stable, and, most importantly, secure. Its ability to handle large numbers of connections efficiently and securely is why vsftpd is the only stand-alone FTP distributed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.[8]
In Fedora, the vsftpd package provides the Very Secure FTP daemon. Run rpm -q vsftpd to see if vsftpd is installed:
$ rpm -q vsftpd

If you want an FTP server and the vsftpd package is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install vsftpd

6.1. FTP and SELinux

When running SELinux, the FTP server, vsftpd, runs confined by default. SELinux policy defines how vsftpd interacts with files, processes, and with the system in general. For example, when an authenticated user logs in via FTP, they can not read from or write to files in their home directories: SELinux prevents vsftpd from accessing user home directories by default. Also, by default, vsftpd does not have access to NFS or CIFS file systems, and anonymous users do not have write access, even if such write access is configured in /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf. Booleans can be turned on to allow the previously mentioned access.
The following example demonstrates an authenticated user logging in, and an SELinux denial when trying to view files in their home directory:
  1. Run rpm -q vsftpd to see if the vsftpd package is installed. If it is not, run yum install vsftpd as the root user to install it.
  2. In Fedora, vsftpd only allows anonymous users to log in by default. To allow authenticated users to log in, edit /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf as the root user. Uncomment the local_enable=YES option:
    # Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.
    local_enable=YES
    
    
  3. Run service vsftpd start as the root user to start vsftpd. If the service was running before editing vsftpd.conf, run service vsftpd restart as the root user to apply the configuration changes:
    service vsftpd start
    Starting vsftpd for vsftpd:                                [  OK  ]
    
    
  4. Run ftp localhost as the user you are currently logged in with. When prompted for your name, make sure your username is displayed. If the correct username is displayed, press Enter, otherwise, enter the correct username:
    $ ftp localhost
    Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1).
    220 (vsFTPd 2.1.0)
    Name (localhost:username):
    331 Please specify the password.
    Password: Enter your password
    230 Login successful.
    Remote system type is UNIX.
    Using binary mode to transfer files.
    ftp>
    
    
  5. Run the ls command from the ftp prompt. With the ftp_home_dir Boolean off, SELinux prevents vsftpd access to home directories, resulting in this command failing to return a directory listing:
    ftp> ls
    227 Entering Passive Mode (127,0,0,1,225,210).
    150 Here comes the directory listing.
    226 Transfer done (but failed to open directory).
    
    
    An SELinux denial similar to the following is logged to /var/log/messages:
    setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing the ftp daemon from reading users home directories (username). For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l c366e889-2553-4c16-b73f-92f36a1730ce
    
    
  6. Enable the ftp_home_dir Boolean by running the following command as the root user:
    # setsebool -P ftp_home_dir=1
    
    

    Note

    Do not use the -P option if you do not want changes to persist across reboots.
    Run the ls command again from the ftp prompt. Now that SELinux is allowing home directory browsing via the ftp_home_dir Boolean, the directory is displayed:
    ftp> ls
    227 Entering Passive Mode (127,0,0,1,56,215).
    150 Here comes the directory listing.
    -rw-rw-r--    1 501      501             0 Mar 30 09:22 file1
    -rw-rw-r--    1 501      501             0 Mar 30 09:22 file2
    226 Directory Send OK.
    ftp>
    
    
    

6.2. Types

By default, anonymous users have read access to files in /var/ftp/ when they log in via FTP. This directory is labeled with the public_content_t type, allowing only read access, even if write access is configured in /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf. The public_content_t type is accessible to other services, such as Apache HTTP Server, Samba, and NFS.
Use one of the following types to share files through FTP:
public_content_t
Label files and directories you have created with the public_content_t type to share them read-only through vsftpd. Other services, such as Apache HTTP Server, Samba, and NFS, also have access to files labeled with this type. Files labeled with the public_content_t type can not be written to, even if Linux permissions allow write access. If you require write access, use the public_content_rw_t type.
public_content_rw_t
Label files and directories you have created with the public_content_rw_t type to share them with read and write permissions through vsftpd. Other services, such as Apache HTTP Server, Samba, and NFS, also have access to files labeled with this type; however, Booleans for each service must be turned on before such services can write to files labeled with this type.

6.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Booleans allow you to tell SELinux how you are running vsftpd:
allow_ftpd_anon_write
When disabled, this Boolean prevents vsftpd from writing to files and directories labeled with the public_content_rw_t type. Turn this Boolean on to allow users to upload files via FTP. The directory where files are uploaded to must be labeled with the public_content_rw_t type and Linux permissions set accordingly.
allow_ftpd_full_access
When this Boolean is on, only Linux permissions are used to control access, and authenticated users can read and write to files that are not labeled with the public_content_t or public_content_rw_t types.
allow_ftpd_use_cifs
Having this Boolean enabled allows vsftpd to access files and directories labeled with the cifs_t type; therefore, having this Boolean enabled allows you to share file systems mounted via Samba through vsftpd.
allow_ftpd_use_nfs
Having this Boolean enabled allows vsftpd to access files and directories labeled with the nfs_t type; therefore, having this Boolean enabled allows you to share file systems mounted via NFS through vsftpd.
ftp_home_dir
Having this Boolean enabled allows authenticated users to read and write to files in their home directories. When this Boolean is off, attempting to download a file from a home directory results in an error such as 550 Failed to open file. An SELinux denial is logged to /var/log/messages.
ftpd_connect_db
Allow FTP daemons to initiate a connection to a database.
httpd_enable_ftp_server
Allow httpd to listen on the FTP port and act as a FTP server.
tftp_anon_write
Having this Boolean enabled allows TFTP access to a public directory, such as an area reserved for common files that otherwise has no special access restrictions.

6.4. Configuration Examples

6.4.1. Uploading to an FTP site

The following example creates an FTP site that allows a dedicated user to upload files. It creates the directory structure and the required SELinux configuration changes:
  1. Run mkdir -p /myftp/pub as the root user to create a new top-level directory.
  2. Set Linux permissions on the /myftp/pub/ directory to allow a Linux user write access. This example changes the owner and group from root to owner user1 and group root. Replace user1 with the user you want to give write access to:
    # chown user1:root /myftp/pub
    # chmod 775 /myftp/pub
    
    
    The chown command changes the owner and group permissions. The chmod command changes the mode, allowing the user1 user read, write, and execute permissions, and members of the root group read, write, and execute permissions. Everyone else has read and execute permissions: this is required to allow the Apache HTTP Server to read files from this directory.
  3. When running SELinux, files and directories must be labeled correctly to allow access. Setting Linux permissions is not enough. Files labeled with the public_content_t type allow them to be read by FTP, Apache HTTP Server, Samba, and rsync. Files labeled with the public_content_rw_t type can be written to by FTP. Other services, such as Samba, require Booleans to be set before they can write to files labeled with the public_content_rw_t type. Label the top-level directory (/myftp/) with the public_content_t type, to prevent copied or newly-created files under /myftp/ from being written to or modified by services. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    semanage fcontext -a -t public_content_t /myftp
    
    
  4. Run restorecon -R -v /myftp/ to apply the label change:
    # restorecon -R -v /myftp/
    restorecon reset /myftp context unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0
    
    
  5. Confirm /myftp is labeled with the public_content_t type, and /myftp/pub/ is labeled with the default_t type:
    $ ls -dZ /myftp/
    drwxr-xr-x. root root system_u:object_r:public_content_t:s0 /myftp/
    $ ls -dZ /myftp/pub/
    drwxrwxr-x. user1 root unconfined_u:object_r:default_t:s0 /myftp/pub/
    
    
  6. FTP must be allowed to write to a directory before users can upload files via FTP. SELinux allows FTP to write to directories labeled with the public_content_rw_t type. This example uses /myftp/pub/ as the directory FTP can write to. Run the following command as the root user to add the label change to file-context configuration:
    semanage fcontext -a -t public_content_rw_t "/myftp/pub(/.*)?"
    
    
  7. Run restorecon -R -v /myftp/pub as the root user to apply the label change:
    # restorecon -R -v /myftp/pub
    restorecon reset /myftp/pub context system_u:object_r:default_t:s0->system_u:object_r:public_content_rw_t:s0
    
    
  8. The allow_ftpd_anon_write Boolean must be on to allow vsftpd to write to files that are labeled with the public_content_rw_t type. Run the following command as the root user to turn this Boolean on:
    setsebool -P allow_ftpd_anon_write on
    
    
    Do not use the -P option if you do not want changes to persist across reboots.
The following example demonstrates logging in via FTP and uploading a file. This example uses the user1 user from the previous example, where user1 is the dedicated owner of the /myftp/pub/ directory:
  1. Run cd ~/ to change into your home directory. Then, run mkdir myftp to create a directory to store files to upload via FTP.
  2. Run cd ~/myftp to change into the ~/myftp/ directory. In this directory, create an ftpupload file. Copy the following contents into this file:
    File upload via FTP from a home directory.
    
    
  3. Run getsebool allow_ftpd_anon_write to confirm the allow_ftpd_anon_write Boolean is on:
    $ getsebool allow_ftpd_anon_write
    allow_ftpd_anon_write --> on
    
    
    If this Boolean is off, run setsebool -P allow_ftpd_anon_write on as the root user to turn it on. Do not use the -P option if you do not want the change to persist across reboots.
  4. Run service vsftpd start as the root user to start vsftpd:
    # service vsftpd start
    Starting vsftpd for vsftpd:                                [  OK  ]
    
    
  5. Run ftp localhost. When prompted for a username, enter the the username of the user who has write access, then, enter the correct password for that user:
    $ ftp localhost
    Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1).
    220 (vsFTPd 2.1.0)
    Name (localhost:username):
    331 Please specify the password.
    Password: Enter the correct password
    230 Login successful.
    Remote system type is UNIX.
    Using binary mode to transfer files.
    ftp>
    
    


[7] The first paragraph of "Chapter 23. FTP" of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Deployment Guide: http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/html/Deployment_Guide/ch-ftp.html. Copyright © 2007 Red Hat, Inc.

[8] The first paragraph of the "23.2.1. vsftpd" section of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Deployment Guide: http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/html/Deployment_Guide/s1-ftp-servers.html#s2-ftp-servers-vsftpd. Copyright © 2007 Red Hat, Inc.

Chapter 7. Network File System

NFS (Network File System) allows hosts to mount partitions on a remote system and use them as though they are local file systems. This allows the system administrator to store resources in a central location on the network, providing authorized users continuous access to them.
In Fedora, the nfs-utils package is required for full NFS support. Run rpm -q nfs-utils to see if the nfs-utils is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use NFS, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install nfs-utils

7.1. NFS and SELinux

When running SELinux, the NFS daemons are confined by default. SELinux policy does not allow NFS to share files by default. If you want to share NFS partitions, this can be configured via the nfs_export_all_ro and nfs_export_all_rw Booleans, as described below. These Booleans are however not required when files to be shared are labeled with the public_content_t or public_content_rw_t types. NFS can share files labeled with these types even if the nfs_export_all_ro and nfs_export_all_rw Booleans are off.

7.2. Types

By default, mounted NFS file systems on the client side are labeled with a default context defined by policy for NFS file systems. In common policies, this default context uses the nfs_t type.The following types are used with NFS. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
var_lib_nfs_t
This type is used for existing and new files copied to or created in the /var/lib/nfs directory. This type should not need to be changed in normal operation. To restore changes to the default settings, run the restorecon -R -v /var/lib/nfs command as the root user.
nfsd_exec_t
The /usr/sbin/rpc.nfsd file is labeled with the nfsd_exec_t, as are other system executables and libraries related to NFS. Users should not label any files with this type. nfsd_exec_t will transition to nfs_t.

7.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Booleans allow you to tell SELinux how you are running NFS:
allow_ftpd_use_nfs
When enabled, this Boolean allows ftpd access to NFS mounts.
allow_nfsd_anon_write
When enabled, this Boolean allows nfsd to write to a public directory anonymously; such as to an area reserved for common files that otherwise has no special access restrictions.
httpd_use_nfs
When enabled, this Boolean will allow httpd to access files stored on a NFS filesystem.
nfs_export_all_ro
Export any file or directory via NFS, allowing read-only permissions.
nfs_export_all_rw
Export any file or directory via NFS, allowing read and write permissions.
qemu_use_nfs
Allow qemu to use NFS file systems.
samba_share_nfs
When disabled, this Boolean prevents smbd from having full access to NFS shares via Samba. Enabling this Boolean will allow Samba to share NFS file systems.
use_nfs_home_dirs
Having this Boolean enabled adds support for NFS home directories.
virt_use_nfs
Allow virt to use NFS files.
xen_use_nfs
Allow xen to manage NFS files.

7.4. Configuration Examples

7.4.1. Sharing directories using NFS

The example in this section creates a directory and shares it using NFS and SELinux. Two hosts are used in this example; a NFS server with a hostname of nfs-srv with an IP address of 192.168.1.1, and a client with a hostname of nfs-client and an IP address of 192.168.1.100. Both hosts are on the same subnet (192.168.1.0/24). This is an example only and assumes that the nfs-utils package is installed, that the SELinux targeted policy is used, and that SELinux is running in enforced mode.
This example will show that while even with full network availability and Linux file permissions granting access to all users via NFS, SELinux is still able to block mounting of NFS file systems unless the proper permissions are given via SELinux Booleans.

7.4.1.1. Server setup

Steps 1-10 below should be performed on the NFS server, nfs-srv.
  1. Run the setsebool command to disable read/write mounting of NFS file systems:
    setsebool -P nfs_export_all_rw off
    

    Note

    Do not use the -P option if you do not want setsebool changes to persist across reboots.
  2. Run rpm -q nfs-utils to confirm the nfs-utils package is installed. The nfs-utils package provides support programs for using NFS and should be installed on a NFS server and on any clients in use. If this package is not installed, install it by running yum install nfs-utils as the root user.
  3. Run mkdir /myshare as the root user to create a new top-level directory to share using NFS.
  4. Run touch /myshare/file1 as the root user to create a new empty file in the shared area. This file will be accessed later by the client.
  5. To show that SELinux is still able to block access even when Linux permissions are completely open, give the /myshare directory full Linux access rights for all users:
    # chmod -R 777 /myshare
    

    Warning

    This is an example only and these permissions should not be used in a production system.
  6. Edit the /etc/exports file and add the following line to the top of the file:
    /myshare 	192.168.1.100(rw)
    
    
    This entry shows the full path on the server to the shared folder /myshare, the host or network range that nfs-srv will share to (in this case the IP address of a single host, nfs-client at 192.168.1.100), and finally the share permissions. Read and write permissions are given here, as indicated by (rw).
  7. The TCP and UDP ports used for NFS are assigned dynamically by rpcbind, which can cause problems when creating firewall rules. To simplify the process of allowing NFS traffic through the firewall in this example, edit the /etc/sysconfig/nfs file and uncomment the MOUNTD_PORT,STATD_PORT,LOCKD_TCPPORT and LOCKD_UDPPORT variables. Changing the port numbers in this file is not required for this example.
    Ensure that incoming connections on TCP ports 111, 892 and 2049 are allowed through the server's firewall. This can be done via the system-config-firewall tool in Fedora.
  8. Run service nfs start as the root user to start NFS and its related services:
    # service nfs start
    Starting NFS services:		[  OK  ]
    Starting NFS quotas:		[  OK  ]
    Starting NFS daemon:		[  OK  ]
    Starting NFS mountd:		[  OK  ]
    
    
  9. To ensure that the NFS subsystem export table is updated, run exportfs -rv as the root user:
    # exportfs -rv
    exporting 192.168.1.100:/myshare
    
    
  10. Run showmount -e as the root user to show all exported file systems:
    # showmount -e
    Export list for nfs-srv:
    /myshare 192.168.1.100
    
    
At this point the server nfs-srv has been configured to allow NFS communications to nfs-client at 192.168.1.100, and full Linux file systems permissions are active. If SELinux were disabled, the client would be able to mount this share and have full access over it. However, as the nfs_export_all_rw Boolean is disabled, the client is currently not able to mount this file system, as shown below. This step should be performed on the client, nfs-client:
[nfs-client]# mkdir /myshare
[nfs-client]# mount.nfs 192.168.1.1:/myshare /myshare
mount.nfs: access denied by server while mounting 192.168.1.1:/myshare/

Enable the SELinux Boolean that was disabled in Step 1 above, and the client will be able to successfully mount the shared file system. This step should be performed on the NFS server, nfs-srv:
[nfs-srv]# setsebool -P nfs_export_all_rw on

Now try to mount the NFS file system again. This step should be performed on the NFS client, nfs-client:
[nfs-client]# mount.nfs 192.168.1.1:/myshare /myshare
[nfs-client]#
[nfs-client]# ls /myshare
total 0
-rwxrwxrwx.  1 root root 0 2009-04-16 12:07 file1
[nfs-client]#

The file system has been mounted successfully by the client. This example demonstrates how SELinux adds another layer of protection and can still enforce SELinux permissions even when Linux permissions are set to give full rights to all users.

Chapter 8. Berkeley Internet Name Domain

BIND performs name resolution services via the named daemon. BIND lets users locate computer resources and services by name instead of numerical addresses.
In Fedora, the bind package provides a DNS server. Run rpm -q bind to see if the bind package is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use BIND, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install bind

8.1. BIND and SELinux

The default permissions on the /var/named/slaves,/var/named/dynamic and /var/named/data directories allow zone files to be updated via zone transfers and dynamic DNS updates. Files in /var/named are labeled with the name_zone_t type, which is used for master zone files.
For a slave server, configure /etc/named.conf to place slave zones in /var/named/slaves. The following is an example of a domain entry in /etc/named.conf for a slave DNS server that stores the zone file for testdomain.com in /var/named/slaves:
zone "testdomain.com" {
			type slave;
			masters { IP-address; };
			file "/var/named/slaves/db.testdomain.com";
		       };

If a zone file is labeled name_zone_t, the named_write_master_zones Boolean must be enabled to allow zone transfers and dynamic DNS to update the zone file. Also, the mode of the parent directory has to be changed to allow the named user or group read, write and execue access.
If zone files in /var/named/ are labeled with name_cache_t type, a file system relabel or running restorecon -R /var/ will change their type to named_zone_t.

8.2. Types

The following types are used with BIND. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
named_zone_t
Used for master zone files. Other services can not modify files of this type. named can only modify files of this type if the named_write_master_zones Boolean is turned on.
named_cache_t
By default, named can write to files labeled with this type, without additional Booleans being set. Files copied or created in the /var/named/slaves,/var/named/dynamic and /var/named/data directories are automatically labeled with the named_cache_t type.

8.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Booleans allow you to tell SELinux how you are running NFS:
named_write_master_zones
When disabled, this Boolean prevents named from writing to zone files or directories labeled with the named_zone_t type. named does not usually need to write to zone files; but in the case that it needs to, or if a secondary server needs to write to zone files, enable this Boolean to allow this action.

8.4. Configuration Examples

8.4.1. Dynamic DNS

BIND allows hosts to update their records in DNS and zone files dynamically. This is used when a host computer's IP address changes frequently and the DNS record requires real-time modification.
Use the /var/named/dynamic directory for zone files you want updated via dynamic DNS. Files created in or copied into /var/named/dynamic inherit Linux permissions that allow named to write to them. As such files are labeled with the named_cache_t type, SELinux allows named to write to them.
If a zone file in /var/named/dynamic is labeled with the named_zone_t type, dynamic DNS updates may not be successful for a certain period of time as the update needs to be written to a journal first before being merged. If the zone file is labeled with the named_zone_t type when the journal attempts to be merged, an error such as the following is logged to /var/log/messages:
named[PID]: dumping master file: rename: /var/named/dynamic/zone-name: permission denied

Also, the following SELinux denial is logged to /var/log/messages:
setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing named (named_t) "unlink" to zone-name (named_zone_t)

To resolve this labeling issue, run the restorecon -R -v /var/named/dynamic command as the Linux root user.

Chapter 9. Concurrent Versioning System

The Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) is a free revision-control system. It is used to monitor and keep track of modifications to a central set of files which are usually accessed by several different users. It is commonly used by programmers to manage a source code repository and is widely used by open source programmers.
In Fedora, the cvs package provides CVS. Run rpm -q cvs to see if the cvs package is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use CVS, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install cvs

9.1. CVS and SELinux

The cvs daemon runs as cvs_t. By default in Fedora, CVS is only allowed to read and write certain directories. The label cvs_data_t defines which areas the cvs daemon has read and write access to. When using CVS with SELinux, assigning the correct label is essential for clients to have full access to the area reserved for CVS data.

9.2. Types

The following types are used with CVS. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
cvs_data_t
This type is used for data in a CVS repository. CVS can only gain full access to data if it has this type.
cvs_exec_t
This type is used for the /usr/bin/cvs binary.

9.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running CVS:
allow_cvs_read_shadow
This Boolean allows the cvs daemon to access the /etc/shadow file for user authentication.

9.4. Configuration Examples

9.4.1. Setting up CVS

This example describes a simple CVS setup and an SELinux configuration which allows remote access. Two hosts are used in this example; a CVS server with a hostname of cvs-srv with an IP address of 192.168.1.1 and a client with a hostname of cvs-client and an IP address of 192.168.1.100. Both hosts are on the same subnet (192.168.1.0/24). This is an example only and assumes that the cvs and xinetd packages are installed, that the SELinux targeted policy is used, and that SELinux is running in enforced mode.
This example will show that even with full DAC permissions, SELinux can still enforce policy rules based on file labels and only allow access to certain areas that have been specifically labeled for access by CVS.

9.4.2. Server setup

Note

Steps 1-9 should be performed on the CVS server, cvs-srv.
  1. As the root user, install the cvs and xinetd packages. Run rpm -q cvs to see if the cvs package is installed. If it is not installed, run yum install cvs as the root user to install it. Run rpm -q xinetd to see if the xinetd package is installed. If it is not installed, run yum install xinetd as the root user to install it.
  2. Create a group named CVS. This can be done via the groupadd CVS command as the root user, or by using the system-config-users tool.
  3. Create a user with a username of cvsuser and make this user a member of the CVS group. This can be done using the system-config-users tool.
  4. Edit the /etc/services file and make sure that the CVS server has uncommented entries looking similar to the following:
    cvspserver	2401/tcp			# CVS client/server operations
    cvspserver	2401/udp			# CVS client/server operations
    
    
  5. Create the CVS repository in the root area of the file system. When using SELinux, it is best to have the repository in the root file system so that recursive labels can be given to it without affecting any other subdirectories. For example, as the root user, create a /cvs directory to house the repository:
    [root@cvs-srv]# mkdir /cvs
    
    
  6. Give full permissions to the /cvs directory to all users:
    [root@cvs-srv]# chmod -R 777 /cvs
    
    

    Warning

    This is an example only and these permissions should not be used in a production system.
  7. Edit the /etc/xinetd.d/cvs file and make sure that the CVS section is uncommented and configured to use the /cvs directory. The file should look similar to:
    service cvspserver
    {
    	disable	= no
    	port			= 2401
    	socket_type		= stream
    	protocol		= tcp
    	wait			= no
    	user			= root
    	passenv			= PATH
    	server			= /usr/bin/cvs
    	env			= HOME=/cvs
    	server_args		= -f --allow-root=/cvs pserver
    #	bind			= 127.0.0.1
    
    
  8. Start the xinetd daemon by running service xinetd start as the root user.
  9. Add a rule which allows inbound connections using TCP on port 2401 by using the system-config-firewall tool.
  10. As the cvsuser user, run the following command:
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$ cvs -d /cvs init
    
    
  11. At this point, CVS has been configured but SELinux will still deny logins and file access. To demonstrate this, set the $CVSROOT variable on cvs-client and try to log in remotely. The following step should be performed on cvs-client:
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$ export CVSROOT=:pserver:cvsuser@192.168.1.1:/cvs
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$ cvs login
    Logging in to :pserver:cvsuser@192.168.1.1:2401/cvs
    CVS password: ********
    cvs [login aborted]: unrecognized auth response from 192.168.100.1: cvs pserver: cannot open /cvs/CVSROOT/config: Permission denied
    
    
    SELinux has blocked access. In order to get SELinux to allow this access, the following step should be performed on cvs-srv:
  12. Change the context of the /cvs directory as the root user in order to recursively label any existing and new data in the /cvs directory, giving it the cvs_data_t type:
    [root@cvs-srv]# semanage fcontext -a -t cvs_data_t '/cvs(/.*)?'
    [root@cvs-srv]# restorecon -R -v /cvs
    
    
  13. The client, cvs-client should now be able to log in and access all CVS resources in this repository:
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$ export CVSROOT=:pserver:cvsuser@192.168.1.1:/cvs
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$ cvs login
    Logging in to :pserver:cvsuser@192.168.1.1:2401/cvs
    CVS password: ********
    [cvsuser@cvs-client]$
    
    

Chapter 10. Squid Caching Proxy

From the Squid Caching Proxy project page:
"Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator."
In Fedora, the squid package provides the Squid Caching Proxy. Run rpm -q squid to see if the squid package is installed. If it is not installed and you want to use squid, run the following command as the root user to install it:
# yum install squid

10.1. Squid Caching Proxy and SELinux

When SELinux is enabled, squid runs confined by default. Confined processes run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined processes. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited. The following example demonstrates the squid processes running in their own domain. This example assumes the squid package is installed:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service squid start as the root user to start squid:
    # service squid start
    Starting squid:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep squid to view the squid processes:
    $ ps -eZ | grep squid
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2522 ?        00:00:00 squid
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2524 ?        00:00:00 squid
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2526 ?        00:00:00 ncsa_auth
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2527 ?        00:00:00 ncsa_auth
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2528 ?        00:00:00 ncsa_auth
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2529 ?        00:00:00 ncsa_auth
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2530 ?        00:00:00 ncsa_auth
    unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0 2531 ?        00:00:00 unlinkd
    
    
    The SELinux context associated with the squid processes is unconfined_u:system_r:squid_t:s0. The second last part of the context, squid_t, is the type. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the squid processes are running in the squid_t domain.
SELinux policy defines how processes running in confined domains, such as squid_t, interact with files, other processes, and the system in general. Files must be labeled correctly to allow squid access to them.
When /etc/squid/squid.conf is configured so squid listens on a port other than the default TCP ports 3128, 3401 or 4827, the semanage port command must be used to add the required port number to the SELinux policy configuration. The following example demonstrates configuring squid to listen on a port that is not initially defined in SELinux policy configuration for squid, and, as a consequence, squid failing to start. This example also demonstrates how to then configure the SELinux system to allow squid to successfully listen on a non-standard port that is not already defined in the policy. This example assumes the squid package is installed. Run each command in the example as the root user:
  1. Run service squid status to confirm squid is not running:
    # service squid status
    squid is stopped
    
    
    If the output differs, run service squid stop to stop the process:
    # service squid stop
    Stopping squid:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  2. Run semanage port -l | grep -w squid_port_t to view the ports SELinux allows squid to listen on:
    semanage port -l | grep -w -i squid_port_t
    squid_port_t                   tcp      3128, 3401, 4827
    squid_port_t                   udp      3401, 4827
    
    
    
  3. Edit /etc/squid/squid.conf as the root user. Configure the http_port option so it lists a port that is not configured in SELinux policy configuration for squid. In this example, squid is configured to listen on port 10000:
    # Squid normally listens to port 3128
    http_port 10000
    
    
  4. Run service squid start to start squid:
    # service squid start
    Starting squid: ....................                       [FAILED]
    
    
    An SELinux denial similar to the following is logged to /var/log/messages:
    localhost setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing the squid (squid_t) from binding to port 1000. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l 97136444-4497-4fff-a7a7-c4d8442db982
    
    
  5. For SELinux to allow squid to listen on port 10000, as used in this example, the following command is required:
    # semanage port -a -t squid_port_t -p tcp 10000
    
    
  6. Run service squid start again to start squid and have it listen on the new port:
    # service squid start
    Starting squid:						   [  OK  ]
    
    
  7. Now that SELinux has been configured to allow squid to listen on a non-standard port (TCP 10000 in this example), squid starts successfully on this port.

10.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following types are used with squid. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
httpd_squid_script_exec_t
This type is used for utilities such as cachemgr.cgi, which provides a variety of statistics about squid and its configuration.
squid_cache_t
Use this type for data that is cached by squid, as defined by the cache_dir directive in /etc/squid/squid.conf. By default, files created in or copied into /var/cache/squid and /var/spool/squid are labeled with the squid_cache_t type. Files for the squidGuard URL redirector plugin for squid created in or copied to /var/squidGuard are also labeled with the squid_cache_t type. Squid is only able to use files and directories that are labeled with this type for its cached data.
squid_conf_t
This type is used for the directories and files that squid uses for its configuration. Existing files, or those created in or copied to /etc/squid and /usr/share/squid are labeled with this type, including error messages and icons.
squid_exec_t
This type is used for the squid binary, /usr/sbin/squid.
squid_log_t
This type is used for logs. Existing files, or those created in or copied to /var/log/squid or /var/log/squidGuard must be labeled with this type.
squid_initrc_exec_t
This type is used for the initialization file required to start squid which is located at /etc/rc.d/init.d/squid.
squid_var_run_t
This type is used by files in /var/run, especially the process id (PID) named /var/run/squid.pid which is created by squid when it runs.

10.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running Squid:
squid_connect_any
When enabled, this Boolean permits squid to initiate a connection to a remote host on any port.
squid_use_tproxy
When enabled, this Boolean allows Squid to run as a transparent proxy.

10.4. Configuration Examples

10.4.1. Squid Connecting to Non-Standard Ports

The following example provides a real-world demonstration of how SELinux complements Squid by enforcing the above Boolean and by default only allowing access to certain ports. This example will then demonstrate how to change the Boolean and show that access is then allowed.
Note that this is an example only and demonstrates how SELinux can affect a simple configuration of Squid. Comprehensive documentation of Squid is beyond the scope of this document. Refer to the official Squid documentation for further details. This example assumes that the Squid host has two network interfaces, Internet access, and that any firewall has been configured to allow access on the internal interface using the default TCP port on which Squid listens (TCP 3128).
  1. As the root user, install the squid package. Run rpm -q squid to see if the squid package is installed. If it is not installed, run yum install squid as the root user to install it.
  2. Edit the main configuration file, /etc/squid/squid.conf and confirm that the cache_dir directive is uncommented and looks similar to the following:
    cache_dir ufs /var/spool/squid 100 16 256
    
    
    This line specifies the default settings for the cache_dir directive to be used in this example; it consists of the Squid storage format (ufs), the directory on the system where the cache resides (/var/spool/squid), the amount of disk space in megabytes to be used for the cache (100), and finally the number of first-level and second-level cache directories to be created (16 and 256 respectively).
  3. In the same configuration file, make sure the http_access allow localnet directive is uncommented. This allows traffic from the localnet ACL which is automatically configured in a default installation of Squid on Fedora 13. It will allow client machines on any existing RFC1918 network to have access through the proxy, which is sufficient for this simple example.
  4. In the same configuration file, make sure the visible_hostname directive is uncommented and is configured to the hostname of the machine. The value should be the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the host:
    visible_hostname squid.example.com
    
    
  5. As the root user, run service squid start to start squid. As this is the first time squid has started, this command will initialise the cache directories as specified above in the cache_dir directive and will then start the squid daemon. The output is as follows if squid starts successfully:
    # /sbin/service squid start
    init_cache_dir /var/spool/squid... Starting squid: .       [  OK  ]
    
    
  6. Confirm that the squid process ID (PID) has started as a confined service, as seen here by the squid_var_run_t value:
    # ls -lZ /var/run/squid.pid 
    -rw-r--r--. root squid unconfined_u:object_r:squid_var_run_t:s0 /var/run/squid.pid
    
    
  7. At this point, a client machine connected to the localnet ACL configured earlier is successfully able to use the internal interface of this host as its proxy. This can be configured in the settings for all common web browsers, or system-wide. Squid is now listening on the default port of the target machine (TCP 3128), but the target machine will only allow outgoing connections to other services on the Internet via common ports. This is a policy defined by SELinux itself. SELinux will deny access to non-standard ports, as shown in the next step:
  8. When a client makes a request using a non-standard port through the Squid proxy such as a website listening on TCP port 10000, a denial similar to the following is logged:
    SELinux is preventing the squid daemon from connecting to network port 10000
    
    
  9. To allow this access, the squid_connect_any Boolean must be modified, as it is disabled by default. To turn the squid_connect_any Boolean on, run the following command as the root user:
    # setsebool -P squid_connect_any on
    

    Note

    Do not use the -P option if you do not want setsebool changes to persist across reboots.
  10. The client will now be able to access non-standard ports on the Internet as Squid is now permitted to initiate connections to any port, on behalf of its clients.

Chapter 11. MySQL

From the MySQL project page:
"The MySQL® database has become the world's most popular open source database because of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It's used on every continent -- Yes, even Antarctica! -- by individual Web developers as well as many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software -- including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, and Zappos.com."
In Fedora, the mysql-server package provides MySQL. Run rpm -q mysql-server to see if the mysql-server package is installed. If it is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install mysql-server

11.1. MySQL and SELinux

When MySQL is enabled, it runs confined by default. Confined processes run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined processes. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited. The following example demonstrates the MySQL processes running in their own domain. This example assumes the mysql package is installed:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service mysqld start as the root user to start mysqld:
    # service mysqld start
    Initializing MySQL database:  Installing MySQL system tables... [  OK  ]
    Starting MySQL:                                            	[  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep mysqld to view the mysqld processes:
    $ ps -eZ | grep mysqld
    unconfined_u:system_r:mysqld_safe_t:s0 6035 pts/1 00:00:00 mysqld_safe
    unconfined_u:system_r:mysqld_t:s0 6123 pts/1   00:00:00 mysqld
    
    
    The SELinux context associated with the mysqld processes is unconfined_u:system_r:mysqld_t:s0. The second last part of the context, mysqld_t, is the type. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the mysqld processes are running in the mysqld_t domain.

11.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following types are used with mysql. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
mysqld_db_t
This type is used for the location of the MySQL database. In Fedora 12, the default location for the database is /var/lib/mysql, however this can be changed. If the location for the MySQL database is changed, the new location must be labeled with this type. Refer to the following example for instructions on how to change the default database location and how to label the new section appropriately.
mysqld_etc_t
This type is used for the MySQL main configuration file /etc/my.cnf and any other configuration files in the /etc/mysql directory.
mysqld_exec_t
This type is used for the mysqld binary located at /usr/libexec/mysqld, which is the default location for the MySQL binary on Fedora 12. Other systems may locate this binary at /usr/sbin/mysqld which should also be labeled with this type.
mysqld_initrc_exec_t
This type is used for the initialization file for MySQL, located at /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysqld by default in Fedora 12.
mysqld_log_t
Logs for MySQL need to be labeled with this type for proper operation. All log files in /var/log/ matching the mysql.* wildcard must be labeled with this type.
mysqld_var_run_t
This type is used by files in /var/run/mysqld, specifically the process id (PID) named /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid which is created by the mysqld daemon when it runs. This type is also used for related socket files such as /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock. Files such as these must be labeled correctly for proper operation as a confined service.

11.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running MySQL:
exim_can_connect_db
When enabled, this Boolean allows the exim mailer to initiate connections to a database server.
ftpd_connect_db
When enabled, this Boolean allows ftp daemons to initiate connections to a database server.
httpd_can_network_connect_db
Enabling this Boolean is required for a web server to communicate with a database server.

11.4. Configuration Examples

11.4.1. MySQL Changing Database Location

When using Fedora 12, the default location for MySQL to store its database is /var/lib/mysql. This is where SELinux expects it to be by default, and hence this area is already labeled appropriately for you, using the mysqld_db_t type.
The area where the database is located can be changed depending on individual environment requirements or preferences, however it is important that SELinux is aware of this new location - that it is labeled accordingly. This example explains how to change the location of a MySQL database and then how to label the new location so that SELinux can still provide its protection mechanisms to the new area based on its contents.
Note that this is an example only and demonstrates how SELinux can affect MySQL. Comprehensive documentation of MySQL is beyond the scope of this document. Refer to the official MySQL documentation for further details. This example assumes that the mysql-server package is installed and that there is a valid database in the default location of /var/lib/mysql.
  1. Run ls -lZ /var/lib/mysql to view the SELinux context of the default database location for mysql:
    # ls -lZ /var/lib/mysql
    drwx------. mysql mysql unconfined_u:object_r:mysqld_db_t:s0 mysql
    
    
    This shows mysqld_db_t which is the default context element for the location of database files. This context will have to be manually applied to the new database location that will be used in this example in order for it to function properly.
  2. Enter mysqlshow -u root -p and enter the mysqld root password to show the available databases:
    # mysqlshow -u root -p
    Enter password: *******
    +--------------------+
    |     Databases      |
    +--------------------+
    | information_schema |
    | mysql              |
    | test               |
    | wikidb             |
    +--------------------+
    
    
  3. Shut down the mysqld daemon with service mysqld stop as the root user:
    # service mysqld stop
    Stopping MySQL:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  4. Create a new directory for the new location of the database(s). In this example, /opt/mysql is used:
    # mkdir -p /opt/mysql
    
    
  5. Copy the database files from the old location to the new location:
    # cp -R /var/lib/mysql/* /opt/mysql/
    
    
  6. Change the ownership of this location to allow access by the mysql user and group. This sets the traditional Unix permissions which SELinux will still observe.
    # chown -R mysql:mysql /opt/mysql
    
    
  7. Run ls -lZ /opt to see the initial context of the new directory:
    # ls -lZ /opt
    drwxr-xr-x. mysql mysql unconfined_u:object_r:usr_t:s0   mysql
    
    
    The context usr_t of this newly created directory is not currently suitable to SELinux as a location for MySQL database files. Once the context has been changed, MySQL will be able to function properly in this area.
  8. Open the main MySQL configuration file /etc/my.cnf with a text editor and modify the datadir option so that it refers to the new location. In this example the value that should be entered is /opt/mysql.
    [mysqld]
    datadir=/opt/mysql
    
    
    Save this file and exit.
  9. Run service mysqld start as the root user to start mysqld. At this point a denial will be logged to /var/log/messages:
    # service mysqld start
    
    Timeout error occurred trying to start MySQL Daemon.
    Starting MySQL:                                            [FAILED]
    
    # tail -f /var/log/messages
    
    localhost setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing mysqld (mysqld_t) "write" usr_t. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l 50d8e725-994b-499c-9caf-a676c50fb802
    
    
    The reason for this denial is that /opt/mysql is not labeled correctly for MySQL data files. SELinux is stopping MySQL from having access to the content labeled as usr_t. Perform the following steps to resolve this problem:
  10. Run the semanage command to add a context mapping for /opt/mysql:
    semanage fcontext -a -t mysqld_db_t "/opt/mysql(/.*)?"
    
    
  11. This mapping is written to the /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local file:
    # grep -i mysql /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local
    
    /opt/mysql(/.*)?    system_u:object_r:mysqld_db_t:s0
    
    
  12. Now use the restorecon command to apply this context mapping to the running system:
    restorecon -R -v /opt/mysql
    
    
  13. Now that the /opt/mysql location has been labeled with the correct context for MySQL, the mysqld daemon starts:
    # service mysqld start
    Starting MySQL:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  14. Confirm the context has changed for /opt/mysql:
    ls -lZ /opt
    drwxr-xr-x. mysql mysql system_u:object_r:mysqld_db_t:s0 mysql
    
    
  15. The location has been changed and labeled, and the mysqld daemon has started successfully. At this point all running services should be tested to confirm normal operation.

Chapter 12. PostgreSQL

From the PostgreSQL project page:
"PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness."
In Fedora, the postgresql-server package provides PostgreSQL. Run rpm -q postgresql-server to see if the postgresql-server package is installed. If it is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install postgresql-server

12.1. PostgreSQL and SELinux

When PostgreSQL is enabled, it runs confined by default. Confined processes run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined processes. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited. The following example demonstrates the PostgreSQL processes running in their own domain. This example assumes the postgresql-server package is installed:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service postgresql start as the root user to start postgresql:
    service postgresql start
    Starting postgresql service:                               [  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep postgres to view the postgresql processes:
    ps -eZ | grep postgres
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 395 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 397 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 399 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 400 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 401 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0 402 ?    00:00:00 postmaster
    
    
    The SELinux context associated with the postgresql processes is unconfined_u:system_r:postgresql_t:s0. The second last part of the context, postgresql_t, is the type. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the postgresql processes are running in the postgresql_t domain.

12.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following types are used with postgresql. Different types allow you to configure flexible access:
postgresql_db_t
This type is used for several locations. The locations labeled with this type are used for data files for PostgreSQL:
  • /usr/lib/pgsql/test/regres
  • /usr/share/jonas/pgsql
  • /var/lib/pgsql/data
  • /var/lib/postgres(ql)?
postgresql_etc_t
This type is used for configuration files in /etc/postgresql.
postgresql_exec_t
This type is used for several locations. The locations labeled with this type are used for binaries for PostgreSQL:
  • /usr/bin/initdb(.sepgsql)?
  • /usr/bin/(se)?postgres
  • /usr/lib(64)?/postgresql/bin/.*
  • /usr/lib/phsql/test/regress/pg_regress
postgresql_initrc_exec_t
This type is used for the PostgreSQL initialization file located at /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql.
postgresql_log_t
This type is used for several locations. The locations labeled with this type are used for log files:
  • /var/lib/pgsql/logfile
  • /var/lib/pgsql/pgstartup.log
  • /var/lib/sepgsql/pgstartup.log
  • /var/log/postgresql
  • /var/log/postgres.log.*
  • /var/log/rhdb/rhdb
  • /var/log/sepostgresql.log.*
postgresql_var_run_t
This type is used for run-time files for PostgreSQL, such as the process id (PID) in /var/run/postgresql.

12.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running PostgreSQL:
allow_user_postgresql_connect
Having this Boolean enabled allows any user domain (as defined by PostgreSQL) to make connections to the database server.

12.4. Configuration Examples

12.4.1. PostgreSQL Changing Database Location

When using Fedora 12, the default location for PostgreSQL to store its database is /var/lib/pgsql/data. This is where SELinux expects it to be by default, and hence this area is already labeled appropriately for you, using the postgresql_db_t type.
The area where the database is located can be changed depending on individual environment requirements or preferences, however it is important that SELinux is aware of this new location - that it is labeled accordingly. This example explains how to change the location of a PostgreSQL database and then how to label the new location so that SELinux can still provide its protection mechanisms to the new area based on its contents.
Note that this is an example only and demonstrates how SELinux can affect PostgreSQL. Comprehensive documentation of PostgreSQL is beyond the scope of this document. Refer to the official PostgreSQL documentation for further details. This example assumes that the postgresql-server package is installed.
  1. Run ls -lZ /var/lib/pgsql to view the SELinux context of the default database location for postgresql:
    # ls -lZ /var/lib/pgsql
    drwx------. postgres postgres system_u:object_r:postgresql_db_t:s0 data
    
    
    This shows postgresql_db_t which is the default context element for the location of database files. This context will have to be manually applied to the new database location that will be used in this example in order for it to function properly.
  2. Create a new directory for the new location of the database(s). In this example, /opt/postgresql/data is used. If you use a different location, replace the text in the following steps with your location:
    # mkdir -p /opt/postgresql/data
    
    
  3. Perform a directory listing of the new location. Note that the initial context of the new directory is usr_t. This context is not sufficient for SELinux to offer its protection mechanisms to PostgreSQL. Once the context has been changed, it will be able to function properly in the new area.
    # ls -lZ /opt/postgresql/
    drwxr-xr-x. root root unconfined_u:object_r:usr_t:s0   data
    
    
  4. Change the ownership of the new location to allow access by the postgres user and group. This sets the traditional Unix permissions which SELinux will still observe.
    # chown -R postgres:postgres /opt/postgresql
    
    
  5. Open the PostgreSQL init file /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql with a text editor and modify all PGDATA and PGLOG variables to point to the new location:
    # vi /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql
    PGDATA=/opt/postgresql/data
    PGLOG=/opt/postgresql/data/pgstartup.log
    
    
    Save this file and exit the text editor.
  6. Initialize the database in the new location.
    su - postgres -c "initdb -D /opt/postgresql/data"
    
    
  7. Run the semanage command to add a context mapping for /opt/postgresql and any other directories/files within it:
    semanage fcontext -a -t postgresql_db_t "/opt/postgresql(/.*)?"
    
    
  8. This mapping is written to the /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local file:
    # grep -i postgresql /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local
    
    /opt/postgresql(/.*)?    system_u:object_r:postgresql_db_t:s0
    
    
  9. Now use the restorecon command to apply this context mapping to the running system:
    restorecon -R -v /opt/postgresql
    
    
  10. Now that the /opt/postgresql location has been labeled with the correct context for PostgreSQL, the mysqld service will start successfully:
    # service postgresql start
    Starting postgreSQL service:                                            [  OK  ]
    
    
  11. Confirm the context is correct for /opt/postgresql:
    ls -lZ /opt
    drwxr-xr-x. root root system_u:object_r:postgresql_db_t:s0 postgresql
    
    
  12. Check with the ps command that the postgresql process displays the new location:
    # ps aux | grep -i postmaster
    
    postgres 21564  0.3  0.3  42308  4032 ?        S    10:13   0:00 /usr/bin/postmaster -p 5432 -D /opt/postgresql/data
    
  13. The location has been changed and labeled, and the postgresql daemon has started successfully. At this point all running services should be tested to confirm normal operation.

Chapter 13. rsync

From the Rsync project page:
"rsync is an open source utility that provides fast incremental file transfer."
When using Fedora, the rsync package provides rsync. Run rpm -q rsync to see if the rsync package is installed. If it is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install rsync

13.1. rsync and SELinux

From the Fedora 12 SELinux rsync_selinux(8) man page: "SELinux requires files to have an extended attribute to define the file type. Policy governs the access daemons have to these files. If you want to share files using the rsync daemon, you must label the files and directories public_content_t."
Like most services, correct labeling is required for SELinux to perform its protection mechanisms over rsync.

13.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following types are used with rsync. Different types all you to configure flexible access:
public_content_t
This is a generic type used for the location of files (and the actual files) to be shared via rsync. If a special directory is created to house files to be shared with rsync, the directory and its contents need to have this label applied to them.
rsync_exec_t
This type is used for the /usr/bin/rsync system binary.
rsync_log_t
This type is used for the rsync log file, located at /var/log/rsync.log by default. To change the location of the file rsync logs to, use the --log-file=FILE option to the rsync command at run-time.
rsync_var_run_t
This type is used for the rsyncd lock file, located at /var/run/rsyncd.lock. This lock file is used by the rsync server to manage connection limits.

13.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running rsync:
allow_rsync_anon_write
Having this Boolean enabled allows rsync in the rsync_t domain to manage files, links and directories that have a type of public_content_rw_t. Often these are public files used for public file transfer services. Files and directories must be labeled public_content_rw_t.
rsync_client
Having this Boolean enabled aloows rsync to initiate connections to ports defined as rsync_port_t, as well as allowing rsync to manage files, links and directories that have a type of rsync_data_t. Note that the rsync daemon must be in the rsync_t domain in order for SELinux to enact its control over rsync. The configuration example in this chapter demonstrates rsync running in the rsync_t domain.
rsync_export_all_ro
Having this Boolean enabled allows rsync in the rsync_t domain to export NFS and CIFS file systems with read-only access to clients.

13.4. Configuration Examples

13.4.1. Rsync as a daemon

When using Fedora, rsync can be used as a daemon so that multiple clients can directly communicate with it as a central server, in order to house centralized files and keep them synchronized. The following example will demonstrate running rsync as a daemon over a network socket in the correct domain, and how SELinux expects this daemon to be running on a pre-defined (in SELinux policy) TCP port. This example will then show how to modify SELinux policy to allow the rsync daemon to run normally on a non-standard port.
This example will be performed on a single system to demonstrate SELinux policy and its control over local daemons and processes. Note that this is an example only and demonstrates how SELinux can affect rsync. Comprehensive documentation of rsync is beyond the scope of this document. Refer to the official rsync documentation for further details. This example assumes that the rsync, setroubleshoot-server and audit packages are installed, that the SELinux targeted policy is used and that SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
Getting rsync to launch as rsync_t
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run the which command to confirm that the rsync binary is in the system path:
    $ which rsync
    /usr/bin/rsync
    
    
  3. When running rsync as a daemon, a configuration file should be used and saved as /etc/rsyncd.conf. Note that the following configuration file used in this example is very simple and is not indicative of all the possible options that are available, rather it is just enough to demonstrate the rsync daemon:
    log file = /var/log/rsyncd.log
    pid file = /var/run/rsyncd.pid
    lock file = /var/run/rsync.lock
    [files]
            path = /srv/files
            comment = file area
            read only = false
    	timeout = 300
    
    
  4. Now that a simple configuration file exists for rsync to operate in daemon mode, this step demonstrates that simply running rsync --daemon is not sufficient for SELinux to offer its protection over rsync. Refer to the following output:
    # rsync --daemon
    
    # ps x | grep rsync
     8231 ?        Ss     0:00 rsync --daemon
     8233 pts/3    S+     0:00 grep rsync
    
    # ps -eZ | grep rsync
    unconfined_u:unconfined_r:unconfined_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 8231 ? 00:00:00 rsync
    
    
    Note that in the output from the final ps command, the context shows the rsync daemon running in the unconfined_t domain. This indicates that rsync has not transitioned to the rsync_t domain as it was launched by the rsync --daemon command. At this point SELinux can not enforce its rules and policy over this daemon. Refer to the following steps to see how to fix this problem. In the following steps, rsync will transition to the rsync_t domain by launching it from a properly-labeled init script. Only then can SELinux and its protection mechanisms have an effect over rsync. This rsync process should be killed before proceeding to the next step.
  5. A custom init script for rsync is needed for this step. There is an example init script available at http://www.fredshack.com/docs/rsync.html. Save it to /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd. The following steps show how to label this script as initrc_exec_t:
  6. Run the semanage command to add a context mapping for /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd:
    semanage fcontext -a -t initrc_exec_t "/etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd"
    
    
  7. This mapping is written to the /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local file:
    # grep rsync /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.local
    
    /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd    system_u:object_r:initrc_exec_t:s0
    
    
  8. Now use the restorecon command to apply this context mapping to the running system:
    restorecon -R -v /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd
    
    
  9. Run the ls to confirm the script has been labeled appropriately. Note that in the following output the script has been labeled as initrc_exec_t:
     ls -lZ /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd
    -rwxr-xr-x. root root system_u:object_r:initrc_exec_t:s0 /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsyncd
    
    
  10. Launch rsyncd via the new script. Now that rsync has started from an init script that has been appropriately labeled, the process will start as rsync_t:
    # /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsync start
    Starting rsyncd:                                           [  OK  ]
    
    ps -eZ | grep rsync
    unconfined_u:system_r:rsync_t:s0 9794 ?        00:00:00 rsync
    
    
    SELinux can now enforce its protection mechanisms over the rsync daemon as it is now runing in the rsync_t domain.
This example demonstrated how to get rsyncd running in the rsync_t domain. The next example shows how to get this daemon successfully running on a non-default port. TCP port 10000 is used in the next example.
Running the rsync daemon on a non-default port
  1. Modify the /etc/rsyncd.conf file and add the port = 10000 line at the top of the file in the global configuration area (ie., before any file areas are defined). The new configuration file will look like:
    log file = /var/log/rsyncd.log
    pid file = /var/run/rsyncd.pid
    lock file = /var/run/rsync.lock
    port = 10000
    [files]
            path = /srv/files
            comment = file area
            read only = false
    	timeout = 300
    
    
  2. After launching rsync from the init script with this new setting, a denial similar to the following is logged by SELinux:
    Jul 22 10:46:59 localhost setroubleshoot: SELinux is preventing the rsync (rsync_t) from binding to port 10000. For complete SELinux messages. run sealert -l c371ab34-639e-45ae-9e42-18855b5c2de8
    
    
  3. Run the semanage command to add TCP port 10000 to SELinux policy in rsync_port_t:
    # semanage port -a -t rsync_port_t -p tcp 10000
    
    
  4. Now that TCP port 10000 has been added to SELinux policy for rsync_port_t, rsyncd will start and operate normally on this port:
    # /etc/rc.d/init.d/rsync start
    Starting rsyncd:                                           [  OK  ]
    
    
    # netstat -lnp | grep 10000
    tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:10000   0.0.0.0:*      LISTEN      9910/rsync
    
    
SELinux has had its policy modified and is now permitting rsyncd to operate on TCP port 10000.

Chapter 14. Postfix

From the Postfix project page:
"What is Postfix? It is Wietse Venema's mailer that started life at IBM research as an alternative to the widely-used Sendmail program. Postfix attempts to be fast, easy to administer, and secure. The outside has a definite Sendmail-ish flavor, but the inside is completely different."
In Fedora, the postfix package provides postfix. Run rpm -q postfix to see if the postfix package is installed. If it is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install postfix

14.1. Postfix and SELinux

When Postfix is enabled, it runs confined by default. Confined processes run in their own domains, and are separated from other confined processes. If a confined process is compromised by an attacker, depending on SELinux policy configuration, an attacker's access to resources and the possible damage they can do is limited. The following example demonstrates the Postfix and related processes running in their own domain. This example assumes the postfix package is installed and that the Postfix service has been started:
  1. Run getenforce to confirm SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
    $ getenforce
    Enforcing
    
    
    The getenforce command returns Enforcing when SELinux is running in enforcing mode.
  2. Run service postfix start as the root user to start postfix:
    service postfix start
    Starting postfix:                               [  OK  ]
    
    
  3. Run ps -eZ | grep postfix to view the postfix processes:
    ps -eZ | grep postfix
    system_u:system_r:postfix_master_t:s0 1651 ?   00:00:00 master
    system_u:system_r:postfix_pickup_t:s0 1662 ?   00:00:00 pickup
    system_u:system_r:postfix_qmgr_t:s0 1663 ?     00:00:00 qmgr
    
    
    For example, the SELinux context associated with the Postfix master process is unconfined_u:system_r:postfix_master_t:s0. The second last part of the context, postfix_master_t, is the type for this process. A type defines a domain for processes and a type for files. In this case, the master process is running in the postfix_master_t domain.

14.2. Types

Type Enforcement is the main permission control used in SELinux targeted policy. All files and processes are labeled with a type: types define a domain for processes and a type for files. SELinux policy rules define how types access each other, whether it be a domain accessing a type, or a domain accessing another domain. Access is only allowed if a specific SELinux policy rule exists that allows it.
The following types are used with Postfix. Different types all you to configure flexible access:
postfix_etc_t
This type is used for configuration files for Postfix in /etc/postfix.
postfix_data_t
This type is used for Postfix data files in /var/lib/postfix.

Note

To see the full list of files and their types for Postfix, run the following command:
$ grep postfix /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts

14.3. Booleans

SELinux is based on the least level of access required for a service to run. Services can be run in a variety of ways; therefore, you must tell SELinux how you are running services. The following Boolean allows you to tell SELinux how you are running Postfix:
allow_postfix_local_write_mail_spool
Having this Boolean enables Postfix to write to the local mail spool on the system. Postfix requires this Boolean to be enabled for normal operation when local spools are used.

14.4. Configuration Examples

14.4.1. SpamAssassin and Postfix

From the SpamAssassin project page:
"Open Source mail filter, written in Perl, to identify spam using a wide range of heuristic tests on mail headers and body text. Free software."
When using Fedora, the spamassassin package provides SpamAssassin. Run rpm -q spamassassin to see if the spamassassin package is installed. If it is not installed, run the following command as the root user to install it:
yum install spamassassin

SpamAssassin operates in tandom with a mailer such as Postfix to provide spam-filtering capabilities. In order for SpamAssassin to effectively intercept, analyze and filter mail, it must listen on a network interface. The default port for SpamAssassin is TCP/783, however this can be changed. The following example provides a real-world demonstration of how SELinux complements SpamAssassin by only allowing it access to a certain port by default. This example will then demonstrate how to change the port and have SpamAssassin operate on a non-default port.
Note that this is an example only and demonstrates how SELinux can affect a simple configuration of SpamAssassin. Comprehensive documentation of SpamAssassin is beyond the scope of this document. Refer to the official SpamAssassin documentation for further details. This example assumes the spamassassin is installed, that any firewall has been configured to allow access on the ports in use, that the SELinux targeted policy is used, and that SELinux is running in enforcing mode:
Running SpamAssassin on a non-default port
  1. Run the semanage command to show the port that SELinux allows spamd to listen on by default:
    # semanage port -l | grep spamd
    spamd_port_t		tcp	783
    
    
    This output shows that TCP/783 is defined in spamd_port_t as the port for SpamAssassin to operate on.
  2. Edit the /etc/sysconfig/spamassassin configuration file and modify it so that it will start SpamAssassin on the example port TCP/10000:
    # Options to spamd
    SPAMDOPTIONS="-d -p 10000 -c m5 -H"
    
    
    This line now specifies that SpamAssassin will operate on port 10000. The rest of this example will show how to modify SELinux policy to allow this socket to be opened.
  3. Start SpamAssassin and an error message similar to the following will appear:
    /etc/init.d/spamassassin start
    Starting spamd: [2203] warn: server socket setup failed, retry 1: spamd: could not create INET socket on 127.0.0.1:10000: Permission denied
    [2203] warn: server socket setup failed, retry 2: spamd: could not create INET socket on 127.0.0.1:10000: Permission denied
    [2203] error: spamd: could not create INET socket on 127.0.0.1:10000: Permission denied
    spamd: could not create INET socket on 127.0.0.1:10000: Permission denied
                                                               [FAILED]
    
    
    This output means that SELinux has blocked access to this port.
  4. A denial similar to the following will be logged by SELinux:
    SELinux is preventing the spamd (spamd_t) from binding to port 10000.
    
    
  5. As the root user, run the semanage command to modify SELinux policy in order to allow SpamAssassin to operate on the example port (TCP/10000):
    semanage port -a -t spamd_port_t -p tcp 10000
    
    
  6. Confirm that SpamAssassin will now start and is operating on TCP port 10000:
    # /etc/init.d/spamassassin start
    Starting spamd:					[ OK ]
    
    # netstat -lnp | grep 10000
    tcp	0	0 127.0.0.1:10000	0.0.0.0:*	LISTEN	2224/spamd.pid
    
    
  7. At this point, spamd is properly operating on TCP port 10000 as it has been allowed access to that port by SELinux policy.

Chapter 15. References

The following references are pointers to additional information that is relevant to SELinux but beyond the scope of this guide. Note that due to the rapid development of SELinux, some of this material may only apply to specific releases of Fedora.
Books
SELinux by Example
Mayer, MacMillan, and Caplan
Prentice Hall, 2007
SELinux: NSA's Open Source Security Enhanced Linux
Bill McCarty
O'Reilly Media Inc., 2004
Tutorials and Help
Tutorials and talks from Russell Coker
Dan Walsh's Journal
Red Hat Knowledgebase
General Information
NSA SELinux main website
NSA SELinux FAQ
Community
Fedora SELinux User Guide
SELinux Project Wiki
SELinux community page
IRC
irc.freenode.net, #selinux and #fedora-selinux