Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 301351
SELinux issue at smart card login screen
Last modified: 2008-11-26 12:36:40 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #299481 +++
Description of problem:
We have found a case where the SELinux system is issuing a specific error
message when attempting to use a smart card at the login screen.
Originally I thought that this might have bearing on some token detection issues
that we have been having. It turns out that putting SELinux into "Permissive
Mode" does not change this detection behavior. Anyway, it might be useful to
still file this issue in case it is of interest.
When either removing or inserting a smart card at the login screen the following
log message has shown up in the system log:
SELinux is preventing the gdm-binary from using potentially mislabeled files
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F8 test2 updated to development as of today 9-20.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Configure Fedora for smart card login.
2. Proceed to the login page.
3. Insert an enrolled smart card.
4. Observer the system log on /var/log/messages
5. Notice the above SELinux complaint very close to instances of inserting or
removing the key.
The presence of a log message of SELinux complaining about access to the
If all is well, SELinux should have no reason to complain.
Attachment of the entire report to be enclosed.
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2007-09-20 19:13 EST --
Created an attachment (id=201511)
SELinux alert report of the issue.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2007-09-20 19:57 EST --
If coolkey is trying to access .pk11ipc1, then we need to update it. The latest
version puts the cache in /var/cache/coolkey.
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2007-09-20 21:17 EST --
So, just to summarize (tell me if I got this wrong)
coolkey at one point, put a cache file in
since it's in /tmp it doesn't get the proper label
new versions of coolkey use /var/cache/coolkey where it can get a proper label,
but we're shipping old versions.
I'm going to move this to coolkey, so it can get appropriate acks, etc.
Jack, would you mind trying the latest coolkey package to see if you still get
SELinux denial errors? If so, we may need to clone this bug report to get an
selinux-policy update as well.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2007-09-21 13:21 EST --
Created an attachment (id=202641)
SELinux report with latest CoolKey
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2007-09-21 13:22 EST --
I tried a test with the latest compiled (tip) libcoolkeypk11.so dropped in place
and got the following:
SELinux is preventing /usr/sbin/gdm-binary (xdm_t) "write" to cache (var_t).
The full report is in the post just above.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2007-09-21 13:53 EST --
so we need a policy update, Jack, would you mind cloning this bug against
We can keep this report for getting the latest coolkey into the next update, and
have the other report for getting selinux-policy updated to work with the latest
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2007-09-21 14:10 EST --
Ray: I can do that no problem.
Bob has informed me that it would be best to run another test on the latest
CoolKey using the full RPM instead of a quick drop-in test. I will do that and
report any different results here.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2007-09-21 16:33 EST --
I was able to do the following:
1. Compile a latest version of the coolkey RPM with the desired cache functionality.
2. Test it on F8.
3. The message we get this time is:
SELinux is preventing /usr/sbin/gdm-binary (xdm_t) "write" to coolkey
When we get in the updated CoolKey RPM this should be the behavior encountered.
Attachment of the full report on the way.
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2007-09-21 16:36 EST --
Created an attachment (id=202801)
Latest CoolKey SELinux report
This attachment shows the latest behavior using an updated test version of
CoolKey. Note that the file/dir being complained about this time is:
Fixed in selinux-policy-3.0.8-13
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