Bug 359631 - KVM guest NFS mount to host AVC denial
KVM guest NFS mount to host AVC denial
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: K12LTSP
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Reported: 2007-10-31 00:55 EDT by Warren Togami
Modified: 2008-01-30 14:18 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-01-30 14:18:56 EST
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Description Warren Togami 2007-10-31 00:55:24 EDT
qemu-kvm invoked manually:
qemu-kvm -hda /dev/null -boot n -net nic -net tap,/etc/qemu-ifup

It NFS mounts mounts its root filesystem from a chroot on the host.  Mount
seemingly works enough for the thin client to operate, but during operation I
see this AVC denial on the host.

type=AVC msg=audit(1193803835.861:74): avc:  denied  { getattr } for  pid=2153
comm="rpc.mountd" path="/dev/kvm" dev=tmpfs ino=5849
scontext=system_u:system_r:nfsd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:device_t:s0

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2007-10-31 01:33:59 EDT
Are you exporting the server's /dev over NFS?  Because that's what it looks like
and that's almost certainly something you _don't_ want to do as it would let the
LTSP clients muck with things in /dev of the server
Comment 2 Daniel Walsh 2007-10-31 07:55:45 EDT
Well what is /dev/kvm?  It is not labeled.  I have no idea what to label it.  Do
we need a new type?
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2007-10-31 08:05:24 EDT
It's the device used for communication between kvm userspace and kernel.  And
since we're not currently doing anything to confine kvm, having it as device_t
is reasonable.
Comment 4 Daniel Walsh 2007-10-31 09:51:34 EDT
Ok I added a kvm_device_t to selinux-policy-3.0.8-43.fc8

Most domains can not look at device_t so it will generate avc;s  if not just for
getattr types.
Comment 5 Daniel Berrange 2007-10-31 10:27:10 EDT
I don't see why  rpc.mounted is trying to open /dev/kvm at all. It has no
business touching that whatsoever. It smells like a leaked file descriptor to me.
Comment 6 Warren Togami 2007-10-31 10:32:07 EDT
leaked file descriptor from what?

Note: This doesn't actually prevent NFS from working.
Comment 7 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-01 13:38:33 EDT
This is most likely rpc.mountd doing a getattr on evey chr_file in /dev.

If it does the equivalent of ls -lZ /dev, you will get this getattr violation.

Existing selinux policy has


The problem is device_t was not considered a valid label for a chr_file so these
dontaudit lines did not take effect.
Comment 8 Daniel Walsh 2008-01-30 14:18:56 EST
Bulk closing all bugs in Fedora updates in the modified state.  If you bug is
not fixed, please reopen.

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