Product SiteDocumentation Site

10.3.4. Permissive Domains

When SELinux is running in permissive mode, SELinux does not deny access, but denials are logged for actions that would have been denied if running in enforcing mode. Previously, it was not possible to make a single domain permissive (remember: processes run in domains). In certain situations, this led to making the whole system permissive to troubleshoot issues.
Permissive domains allow an administrator to configure a single process (domain) to run permissive, rather than making the whole system permissive. SELinux checks are still performed for permissive domains; however, the kernel allows access and reports an AVC denial for situations where SELinux would have denied access.
Permissive domains have the following uses: Making a Domain Permissive

To make a domain permissive, run the semanage permissive -a domain command, where domain is the domain you want to make permissive. For example, run the following command as root to make the httpd_t domain (the domain the Apache HTTP Server runs in) permissive:
~]# semanage permissive -a httpd_t
To view a list of domains you have made permissive, run the semodule -l | grep permissive command as root. For example:
~]# semodule -l | grep permissive
permissive_httpd_t 1.0 
permissivedomains 1.0.0
If you no longer want a domain to be permissive, run the semanage permissive -d domain command as root. For example:
~]# semanage permissive -d httpd_t