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From: "Christian Göttsche" <>
To: Gionatan Danti <>
Subject: Re: lnk_file read permission
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:25:55 +0200
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Am Fr., 31. Juli 2020 um 12:03 Uhr schrieb Gionatan Danti <>:
> Dear list,
> I am writing this email as suggested here:
> To recap: I have issue with selinux permission when relocating specific
> daemon data directory, and using symlink in the original location. For
> example, lets consider moving /var/lib/mysql in a new, bigger volume.
> After moving /var/lib/mysql in /data/lib/mysql and creating a symlink
> for the new location, I used semanage fcontext to add the relative
> equivalency rules. Moreover, I changed my.cnf to explicitly point to the
> new data dir and socket file. So far, so good.
> When restarting apache, I noticed it can't connect to mysql. ausearch -m
> avc showed the following:
> ...
> type=AVC msg=audit(1596055762.070:175569): avc:  denied  { read } for
> pid=72946 comm="httpd" name="mysql" dev="sda2" ino=103
> scontext=system_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0
> tcontext=system_u:object_r:mysqld_db_t:s0 tclass=lnk_file permissive=0
> The log above clearly states that httpd policy lacks lnk_read permission
> for mysqld_db_t type. While I solved the issue by leaving the socket
> file inside the original directory (removing the /var/lib/mysql symlink
> and recreating the mysql dir), I was wondering why each symlink type is
> specifically allowed
> rather than giving any processes a generic access to symlinks.
> Is this kind of rule not permitted by selinux? Can it open the door to
> other attacks? If so, why? Generally, what is the least invasive
> approach to relocate services?

An alternative would be, since these symlinks are trusted and
permanent, to label them as their parent directory (e.g. var_lib_t
(use the '-l' file type specifier)) and allow the applications to read
these lnk types.
This also prevents e.g. mysqld_t to alter the symlink /var/lib/mysqld
(since it probably has write permission to mysql_db_t:lnk_file but not

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Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-31  9:57 Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 13:12 ` Stephen Smalley
2020-07-31 16:56   ` Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 16:25 ` Christian Göttsche [this message]
2020-07-31 16:53   ` Dominick Grift
2020-07-31 17:09     ` Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 19:37       ` Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 19:44         ` Dominick Grift
2020-07-31 19:49           ` Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 17:00   ` Gionatan Danti
2020-07-31 17:45   ` Dominick Grift

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