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* Why is /usr/include matched with /usr/inclu.e?
@ 2019-08-21 19:57 Nicolas Iooss
  2019-08-21 20:02 ` Dominick Grift
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 4+ messages in thread
From: Nicolas Iooss @ 2019-08-21 19:57 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: selinux-refpolicy

Hi all,

While checking the patterns in refpolicy, I stumbled upon the
following line in
https://github.com/SELinuxProject/refpolicy/blob/RELEASE_2_20190609/policy/modules/kernel/files.fc#L200

/usr/inclu.e(/.*)? gen_context(system_u:object_r:usr_t,s0)

This pattern matches /usr/include and its content, but why is a dot
used? Which other directories can it match?

The issue there is that a dot can match a slash, so the pattern also
matches /usr/inclu/e/, which seems strange. This pattern has been
introduced in the very early days of refpolicy's git repository,
according to https://github.com/SELinuxProject/refpolicy/commit/f8ec0ad43b54437e2d9f0e48a773a64dbd9e543c#diff-e333cb52d2139f7a71f0dfbd32c06f70R117.
Does anyone remember why the pattern for /usr/include is so special?

Thanks,
Nicolas


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