Bug 233985 - Changing from 'targeted' to 'strict' policy causes kernel panic.
Changing from 'targeted' to 'strict' policy causes kernel panic.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy-strict (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2007-03-26 10:36 EDT by Nils Hammar
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:12 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-03-26 13:42:37 EDT
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Description Nils Hammar 2007-03-26 10:36:59 EDT
Description of problem:
System hangs with Panic while booting and the following message:
"/sbin/init: error while loading shared libraries: libsepol.so.1: failed to map
segment from shared object: Permission denied"

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

Policy Related;

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Installation of Fedora Core 6, selecting 'Development' usage, and no
customization of additional software. (Swedish sv-latin1 keyboard mapping)
2. Upgrading to latest patches with yum, "yum -y update" and reboot.
3. Installation of newrole package.
4. Changing from 'targeted' to 'strict' in either GUI or by editing
/etc/sysconfig/selinux and trigging relabeling.
5. reboot.
6. System hangs early in the start with:
"/sbin/init: error while loading shared libraries: libsepol.so.1: failed to map
segment from shared object: Permission denied"
Actual results:

Expected results:
No "Panic!"

Additional info:
Problem seems to be present for the "mls" policy too.

Is it maybe a "catch 22" problem here where the shared library has to be
relabeled in order to be accessed, but it can't be relabeled until the system is
booted with the right policy?
Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2007-03-26 13:42:37 EDT
In order to relabel to strict you must do it in permissive mode first.   The
problem is in targeted policy shared library files are labeled lib_t and in
strict they are labeled shlib_t.  So when init tries to execute a shared library
it sees it is labeled lib_t and fails, and this happens before relabeling.

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