Bug 240342 - ifconfig denied access to storage device on xen guest creation
ifconfig denied access to storage device on xen guest creation
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 230790
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: xen (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2007-05-16 12:30 EDT by Chris Evich
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-07-16 16:42:03 EDT
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Wrapper script to run strace against /sbin/ifconfig.real (108 bytes, application/octet-stream)
2007-05-16 12:30 EDT, Chris Evich
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Trace of ifconfig made using the attached wrapper. (7.40 KB, application/octet-stream)
2007-05-16 12:39 EDT, Chris Evich
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Description Chris Evich 2007-05-16 12:30:25 EDT
Description of problem:
I have a rhel4 full-virt. guest setup with it's storage backed by the
/dev/vg1/rhel4 LV.  On domain creation, I'm getting a SELinux denied the access
of ifconfig to access /dev/vg1/rhel4?!?!?!?!?

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

How reproducible:
every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Setup a full-virt guest backed by a LV
2. xm create <name>
Actual results:
Domain is created, access is denied for ifconfig to the guests storage device.

Expected results:
Domain is created, no access is needed to a block device by ifconfig.

Additional info:
avc: denied { read, write } for comm="ifconfig" dev=tmpfs egid=0 euid=0
exe="/sbin/ifconfig" exit=0 fsgid=0 fsuid=0 gid=0 items=0 name="vg1-rhel4"
path="/dev/mapper/vg1-rhel4" pid=4715 scontext=system_u:system_r:ifconfig_t:s0
sgid=0 subj=system_u:system_r:ifconfig_t:s0 suid=0 tclass=blk_file
tcontext=system_u:object_r:fixed_disk_device_t:s0 tty=(none) uid=0
Comment 1 Chris Evich 2007-05-16 12:30:25 EDT
Created attachment 154841 [details]
Wrapper script to run strace against /sbin/ifconfig.real
Comment 2 Chris Evich 2007-05-16 12:39:53 EDT
Created attachment 154842 [details]
Trace of ifconfig made using the attached wrapper.

Had to relabel the wrapper script, but using it did produce the same AVC denial
Comment 4 Daniel Walsh 2007-05-18 08:56:48 EDT
Does this cause the xen guest to fail?  Or are you just seeing an AVC message?

Comment 5 Chris Evich 2007-05-18 10:04:00 EDT
As far as I can tell the guest starts up and runs fine.  It cannot access the
network since dom0's iptables rh-firewall-1 is up, but that's another bug
(vif-common.sh appends rule instead of inserting it at top).  So, the only thing
I'm being bothered with is the AVC message.  What really concerns me isn't the
xen stuff here, it's the fact that ifconfig is trying to access the block device
in the first place.  Not sure if this is an ifconfig problem or a xm/xen problem.
Comment 6 Daniel Walsh 2007-07-16 16:37:39 EDT
This is a leaked file descriptor from xen.  xen has an open file descriptor to
the fixed device and when it execs the ifconfig script, the program transitions
to the other domain.  When an SELinux kernel starts to transition and
executable, it checks the access of all open file descriptors, in this case
generating avc messages.  The kernel then closes the file descriptors and
continues with the execution.  So this is really a xen problem.
Comment 7 Daniel Berrange 2007-07-16 16:42:03 EDT
This is fixed in RHEL-5.1  RPMs.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 230790 ***

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