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Bug 1048574 - SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/mailx from 'write' accesses on the directory /.
Summary: SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/mailx from 'write' accesses on the directory /.
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sendmail
Version: 20
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jaroslav Škarvada
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: abrt_hash:73056359c14859620994938132c...
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-01-05 11:12 UTC by Frank Murphy
Modified: 2015-06-29 14:11 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2015-06-29 14:11:52 UTC
Type: ---

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Description Frank Murphy 2014-01-05 11:12:31 UTC
Description of problem:
This is if a (usually system) mail can't be delivered,  you end up with /root/dead.letter (the email as plain text)
SELinux is preventing /usr/bin/mailx from 'write' accesses on the directory /.

*****  Plugin catchall (100. confidence) suggests   **************************

If you believe that mailx should be allowed write access on the  directory by default.
Then you should report this as a bug.
You can generate a local policy module to allow this access.
allow this access for now by executing:
# grep sendmail /var/log/audit/audit.log | audit2allow -M mypol
# semodule -i mypol.pp

Additional Information:
Source Context                system_u:system_r:system_mail_t:s0
Target Context                system_u:object_r:root_t:s0
Target Objects                / [ dir ]
Source                        sendmail
Source Path                   /usr/bin/mailx
Port                          <Unknown>
Host                          (removed)
Source RPM Packages           mailx-12.5-10.fc20.x86_64
Target RPM Packages           filesystem-3.2-19.fc20.x86_64
Policy RPM                    selinux-policy-3.12.1-106.fc20.noarch
Selinux Enabled               True
Policy Type                   targeted
Enforcing Mode                Enforcing
Host Name                     (removed)
Platform                      Linux (removed) 3.13.0-0.rc6.git0.2.fc21.x86_64 #1
                              SMP Tue Dec 31 04:14:44 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64
Alert Count                   1
First Seen                    2014-01-05 09:08:46 GMT
Last Seen                     2014-01-05 09:08:46 GMT
Local ID                      a4a62d69-d99a-489b-9857-07d2edb9d86f

Raw Audit Messages
type=AVC msg=audit(1388912926.216:1117): avc:  denied  { write } for  pid=32587 comm="sendmail" name="/" dev="dm-0" ino=2 scontext=system_u:system_r:system_mail_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:root_t:s0 tclass=dir

type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1388912926.216:1117): arch=x86_64 syscall=open success=no exit=EACCES a0=12442a0 a1=441 a2=1b6 a3=c items=0 ppid=32579 pid=32587 auid=4294967295 uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0 egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0 ses=4294967295 tty=(none) comm=sendmail exe=/usr/bin/mailx subj=system_u:system_r:system_mail_t:s0 key=(null)

Hash: sendmail,system_mail_t,root_t,dir,write

Additional info:
reporter:       libreport-2.1.10
hashmarkername: setroubleshoot
kernel:         3.13.0-0.rc6.git0.2.fc21.x86_64
type:           libreport

Comment 1 Miroslav Grepl 2014-01-06 09:34:49 UTC
Do you know what sendmail tries to do in / dir in this case?

Comment 2 Frank Murphy 2014-01-06 09:43:40 UTC
I don't have sendmail installed.
I have exim installed yesterday for testing, up to then no mta.
No idea why it's trying to write /

Comment 3 Daniel Walsh 2014-01-06 16:42:39 UTC
Usually the app is confused and thinks / is its homedir.  HOMEDIR=/.

Then it tries to create content in its homedir, perhaps

/root/Maildir(/.*)?	system_u:object_r:mail_home_rw_t:s0

Comment 4 Christian Stadelmann 2014-10-12 19:33:26 UTC
This bug is still present on F21 Alpha.

In my case it is triggered by some cron jobs (e.g. smartd from smartmontools) trying to send me a mail when finishing their work.
I have esmtp installed providing sendmail.

Comment 5 Fedora End Of Life 2015-05-29 10:20:41 UTC
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Comment 6 Fedora End Of Life 2015-06-29 14:11:52 UTC
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