Bug 1011843 - RFE: restorecon secure mode
RFE: restorecon secure mode
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: policycoreutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-09-25 04:47 EDT by James Patterson
Modified: 2015-01-14 08:11 EST (History)
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Description James Patterson 2013-09-25 04:47:55 EDT
Description of problem:
selinux policies get updated. I want to apply those new labels to files and directories which, but I don't want to assign a good label to a malicious file.

A longer explanation:

Let's say I have a filesytem which an attacker has managed to place a malicious file on.

Let's also say that a new selinux policy has been released, and I want to update to it.

If I install that new selinux-policy, there will be some new labels for files, some deprecated labels, and so on. Like this one:

restorecon reset /usr/bin/package-cleanup context system_u:object_r:bin_t:s0->system_u:object_r:rpm_exec_t:s0

I need a way of telling restorecon to make those changes that are as a result of a change in the selinux policy, but without accidentally giving a good label to a malicious file.

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Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2013-09-25 10:46:34 EDT
Do you want to have a type like untrusted_t, which you can give to a file or directory, and then have restorecon ignore it?

If you added that type to  /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/customizable_types, you would get mostly what you want.

create a policy untrusted.te

type untrusted_file_t;

Now compile the code

# make -f /usr/share/selinux/devel/Makefile untrusted.pp
# semodule -i untrusted.pp

echo untrusted_t >>  /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/customizable_types

# touch /etc/badfile
# chcon -t untrusted_t /etc/badfile
# restorecon -v /etc/badfile
# ls -Z /etc/badfile

Should work.

restorecon -F /etc/badfile

Will still change the label.
Comment 2 James Patterson 2013-09-29 16:43:38 EDT
No, I'd like to be able to run restorecon to update old labels to new ones, but without accidentally giving files with the wrong label the correct one.
Comment 3 Daniel Walsh 2013-09-30 08:47:38 EDT
James how would restorecon no the difference unless a administrator told them?
Comment 4 James Patterson 2013-09-30 10:57:38 EDT
Because the policy would tell them.

Say you have /opt/blah with label t_stuff and you update the policy to give files under that directory the new label t_blah.

What would be good is if all the files under /opt/blah with the old t_stuff label got the new more-specific t_blah label - but without other files under /opt/blah accidentally getting the new label.
Comment 5 Daniel Walsh 2013-09-30 11:14:54 EDT
Well that is what is supposed to happen, but based on regular expressions.

The way we tell restorecon about labels is based on regular expressions, so we can change the labels on /opt/blah/.secret to one label versus the default label for all content under '/opt/blah(/.*)?'
Comment 6 James Patterson 2013-09-30 15:54:42 EDT
Really? So in this scenario, what will happen?

/opt/blah/one  stuff_t
/opt/blah/evil httpd_sys_content_t

New policy comes along, everything under /opt/blah(/.*)? should now be blah_t.

restorecon -R /opt/blah

What I expect to happen:

/opt/blah/one  blah_t
/opt/blah/evil blah_t

What I hope would happen:

/opt/blah/one  blah_t
/opt/blah/evil httpd_sys_content_t
Comment 7 Daniel Walsh 2013-10-04 15:12:34 EDT
Not sure how that could happen.  Perhaps we should talk in IRC.
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