Bug 1255948 - SELinux is preventing nagios check_disk plugin getattr on /sys/kernel/config
Summary: SELinux is preventing nagios check_disk plugin getattr on /sys/kernel/config
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy
Version: 23
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lukas Vrabec
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2015-08-22 08:06 UTC by Joonas Sarajärvi
Modified: 2017-09-09 04:16 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2016-12-20 14:27:12 UTC

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Description Joonas Sarajärvi 2015-08-22 08:06:23 UTC
Description of problem:
SELinux policy seems to default to being strict enough that
nagios check_disk plugin is not able to function when run under nrpe.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

(Replace /usr/lib with /usr/lib64 on x86_64)

1. Install these: nrpe nagios-plugins-disk nagios-plugins-nrpe
2. Write the following line to /etc/nrpe.d/commands.cfg:
command[check_disk]=/usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_disk -w 25% -c 10% -e
3. (re)start nrpe service
4. Run /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_nrpe -H localhost -c check_disk

Actual results:
DISK CRITICAL - /sys/kernel/config is not accessible: Permission denied

Also I get an entry like this in /var/log/audit/audit.log:

type=AVC msg=audit(1440228929.866:5264): avc:  denied  { getattr } for  pid=15274 comm="check_disk" path="/sys/kernel/config" dev="configfs" ino=11893 scontext=system_u:system_r:nagios_checkdisk_plugin_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:configfs_t:s0 tclass=dir permissive=0

Expected results:
(Stuff I get when SELinux is set to permissive mode)
DISK WARNING - free space: /boot 40 MB (15% inode=99%);| /dev=0MB;742;891;0;990 /dev/shm=0MB;754;905;0;1006 /run=0MB;754;905;0;1006 /sys/fs/cgroup=0MB;754;905;0;1006 /=5567MB;227397;272876;0;303196 /boot=217MB;195;234;0;261 /run/user/1100=0MB;150;180;0;201

Additional info:
The check_nrpe process would typically run on a different host than where the nrpe service is run. The steps to reproduce are for running in single host, but the issue affects also the case with separate hosts.

Comment 1 Joonas Sarajärvi 2015-08-24 18:43:03 UTC
Some extra notes:

With the document at [1], I learned about a workaround that allows one to use the check_disk plugin without entirely crippling SELinux:

semanage fcontext -a -t nagios_unconfined_plugin_exec_t /usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/check_disk
restorecon -v /usr/lib64/nagios/plugins/check_disk

It is quite surprising that SELinux even in RHEL and CentOS seem to confine nagios plugins, despite those distros not shipping them. At least in CentOS 7, I have to enable e.g. the EPEL repository in order to get nagios.

[1] http://edvoncken.net/2012/01/workaround-for-nagios-check_disk-failure-in-rhel-centos-6-2/

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2016-04-28 17:33:49 UTC
Another workaround is to exclude the offending filesystems in your check_disk probe definition.  Include flags like these to get rid of the absurd flood of psuedo filesystems:

-X configfs -X cgroup -X tmpfs -X selinuxfs -X sysfs -X proc -X mqueue -X binfmt_misc -X devtmpfs

With the exception perhaps of tmpfs, I don't think there is much actionable information in reporting any of those anyway.

Comment 3 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2016-09-27 14:59:11 UTC
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.

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Comment 6 Chris Herdt 2017-09-09 04:16:53 UTC
In case anyone runs across this closed bug report, this is not actually a bug. There is no reason for the Nagios check_disk plugin to be checking the configfs virtual filesystem, so SELinux blocks it.

The comment by Need Real Name is correct: the solution is to correct the check_disk definition to include only the filesystems you want to check, or exclude the filesystems you don't want to check. There is no reason to change the SELinux context.

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