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From: Dominick Grift <>
To: "Christian Göttsche" <>
Cc: Gionatan Danti <>,
Subject: Re: lnk_file read permission
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:53:21 +0200
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> ("Christian \=\?utf-8\?Q\?G\=C3\=B6ttsche\=22's\?\= message of "Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:25:55 +0200")

Christian Göttsche <> writes:

> 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
> var_lib_t:lnk_file).

I agree with this, also for compatibility with systemds' StateDirectory=
in conjunction with DynamicUsers=.

I you would for example have a mysqld service with StateDirectory=mysqld
and DynamicUser=yes then systemd would maintain a symlink
/var/lib/mysqld that points to /var/lib/private/mysqld

Even if you do not use that functionality it should still be compatible
with /data/lib /var/lib equivalency.

I do this consistently in my personal policy. ie instead of using
"/var/lib/mysqld(/.*)? i use /var/lib/mysqld -d and /var/lib/mysqld/.*
so that the symlink context stay's generic

Regardless, this is a policy design issue that you should probably take
to your distribution maintainer.

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Dominick Grift

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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
2020-07-31 16:53   ` Dominick Grift [this message]
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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