Bug 449253 - Fetcmail prevented from running by policy change
Fetcmail prevented from running by policy change
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: fetchmail (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Vitezslav Crhonek
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Reported: 2008-05-31 21:26 EDT by Scott Wilburn
Modified: 2009-07-14 14:24 EDT (History)
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Description Scott Wilburn 2008-05-31 21:26:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
Trying to run fetchmail is prevented from running by the latest targeted policy.

avc: denied { search } for pid=26279 comm="fetchmail" name="root" dev=sda3 ino=2646 scontext=unconfined_u:system_r:fetchmail_t:s0 tcontext=root:object_r:user_home_dir_t:s0 tclass=dir

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable selinux in targeted enforcing mode.
2. Run fetchmail

Actual Results:
Fetchmail fails, with avc denied message above.

Expected Results:
Fetchmail should run.

Additional info:
I am running fetchmail as root in daemon mode, but this appears to affect running it as a user as well.
Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2008-06-02 13:35:13 EDT
Looks like a labeling problem on /root

restorecon -R -v /root

Comment 2 Scott Wilburn 2008-06-02 23:03:53 EDT
Thanks for the suggestion. It doesn't fix the problem though.
Comment 3 Scott Wilburn 2008-06-29 23:40:03 EDT
This appears to be a fetchmail bug, rather than selinux. Changing component to
fetchmail and reopening.

Despite giving an option -f '/etc/fetchmail.conf' for an alternate config file,
fetchmail still searches /root/ presumably for /root/.fetchmailrc 

Fetchmail should have no reason to search /root/ in this case.
Comment 4 Scott Wilburn 2008-09-01 10:50:18 EDT
Setting $HOME to something other that root (e.g /var/fetchmail) fixes this problem. This may not be a bug. Someone who knows fetchmail should comment on whether this is intended behavior or not.
Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 21:19:36 EDT
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Comment 6 Matthias Andree 2009-06-14 06:07:01 EDT
This fetchmail behaviour is intentional - fetchmail stores state information in the running user's home directory, namely .fetchmail.pid and/or .fetchids. See the manual page for the ENVIRONMENT section for HOME_ETC and FETCHMAILHOME and documentation, and for the --idfile and --pidfile options.

Note also that it's discouraged to run fetchmail as root.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 14:24:59 EDT
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