Bug 120886 - SELinux causes loading X to fail
SELinux causes loading X to fail
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: policy (Show other bugs)
powerpc Linux
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2004-04-14 16:44 EDT by W. Michael Petullo
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-04-15 11:34:31 EDT
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New configuration that works with PowerPC and X (6.38 KB, text/plain)
2004-04-14 16:48 EDT, W. Michael Petullo
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Description W. Michael Petullo 2004-04-14 16:44:33 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux ppc; en-US; rv:1.6)
Gecko/20040312 Epiphany/1.1.12

Description of problem:
On my PowerPC-based system, x.org's server wishes to access
/proc/sys/dev (probably for mac_hid/mouse emulation) and
/proc/bus/pci.  When I set SELinux to enforce, these operations are
blocked and X does not start.
Here are the relavent logs:
avc:  denied  { search } for  pid=1504 exe=/usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86
name=dev dev=ino=5303 scontext=system_u:system_r:xdm_xserver_t
tcontext=system_u:object_r:sysctl_dev_t tclass=dir
avc:  denied  { getattr } for  pid=1504 exe=/usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86
path=/proc/bus/pci dev= ino=5458
tcontext=system_u:object_r:proc_t tclass=dir

Perhaps x86's X server not touch these directories?  I assume this
policy works on x86 because I haven't seen any mention of this on the
fedora-dev or -test mailing lists.
Adding the following to xserver_macros.te gets X to load on PowerPC:
# Access /proc/bus/pci
allow $1_xserver_t proc_t:dir { getattr read };
However, I don't know if this is the correct way to do this.  I'm not
even sure exactly why X is trying to read from /proc/bus/pci.

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Steps to Reproduce:
Turn on SELinux enforcing on a PowerPC-based system and try to start X.

Additional info:
Comment 1 W. Michael Petullo 2004-04-14 16:48:28 EDT
Created attachment 99429 [details]
New configuration that works with PowerPC and X

Russell Coker sent me this and it seems to work fine.  Note that the string
"XFree86" is in it (only in a comment, though).  This should be replaced with
Comment 2 keith adamson 2004-04-14 17:08:57 EDT
New packages:




Fixes for me.
Comment 3 keith adamson 2004-04-14 17:35:15 EDT
sorry about the noise ... not using PowerPC

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