Bug 247117 - selinux module changes take ages and give genhomedircon errors
Summary: selinux module changes take ages and give genhomedircon errors
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: policycoreutils (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Daniel Walsh
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-07-05 14:47 UTC by Michael Young
Modified: 2008-01-21 15:42 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-01-21 15:42:50 UTC
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Suggested patch for genhomedircon (338 bytes, patch)
2007-07-05 14:47 UTC, Michael Young
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Description Michael Young 2007-07-05 14:47:49 UTC
Whenever I use semodule to add or remove a module or update some selinux
packages I get a lot of errors like
*username* homedir /home/*servername*/misc/*username* or its parent directory
conflicts with a
defined context in /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts,
/usr/sbin/genhomedircon will not create a new context. This usually indicates an
incorrectly defined system account.  If it is a system account please make sure
its login shell is /sbin/nologin.

We have a lot of home directories of the form /home/server/misc/user and it
seems that the problem is that genhomedircon is comparing each with the /misc
line in /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts and deciding they
match and thus produces an error. I believe the problem is that in the 
checkExists subroutine of genhomedircon the line
if re.search(regex,home, 0):
causes a match if regex fits any substring of "home". I believe you actually want
if re.match(regex,home):
so that it matches from the beginning of the string.

I have seen this with a number of versions of policycoreutils, including the
current one: policycoreutils-2.0.16-6.fc7

Comment 1 Michael Young 2007-07-05 14:47:49 UTC
Created attachment 158595 [details]
Suggested patch for genhomedircon

Comment 2 Daniel Walsh 2007-07-06 14:24:20 UTC
Fixed in policycoreutils-2.0.22-4.fc8

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