Bug 692602 - systemd produces selinux error msg during boot, but selinux=disabled in my /etc/selinux/config
Summary: systemd produces selinux error msg during boot, but selinux=disabled in my /e...
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 692573
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd
Version: 15
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
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Assignee: Lennart Poettering
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2011-03-31 16:48 UTC by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2011-04-01 15:16 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2011-03-31 19:07:58 UTC
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Description Joachim Backes 2011-03-31 16:48:40 UTC
Description of problem:
after having updated to the most recent packages (including update to 
systemd-21-2.fc15.x86_64), I see a lot of SElinux error messages during 

Failed to load SElinux policy
Failed to set security context system_u:object_r:sysfs_t:s0 for /sys: 
Invalid argument
Failed to mount /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd: No such file or directory

The boot will not finish!

These messages appear repeatedly during boot.

What I find weird (and this is the reason for this bugzilla, not the systemd misbehaviour):

in my /etc/selinux/config I have selinux disabled:

--------------------------- snip ---------------------------------
# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#     enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#     permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#     disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded.
# SELINUXTYPE= can take one of these two values:
#     targeted - Targeted processes are protected,
#     mls - Multi Level Security protection.
---------------------------snap -------------------------------------

Nevertheless this systemd pitfall blocks my system!
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Comment 1 Andrew McNabb 2011-03-31 18:52:23 UTC
When I upgraded my Fedora 15 Alpha system from systemd 20 to systemd 21, I encountered these same error messages. As in Joachim's case, I have selinux disabled.

Comment 2 Andrew McNabb 2011-03-31 19:00:29 UTC
By the way, I tried booting with systemd.unit=rescue.target and sytsemd.unit=emergency.target, and the system hung at the selinux errors in both cases. Since it now appears to be impossible to boot the system by any means less drastic than init=/bin/sh, I think the severity of this issue is urgent. Is there any other information that would be helpful for this bug report?

Comment 3 Iven Hsu 2011-03-31 19:07:20 UTC
I had the same issue with you, and I found a workaround, just set SELINUX=permissive in /etc/sysconfig/selinux.

Comment 4 Michal Schmidt 2011-03-31 19:07:47 UTC
There seems to be a bug when SELinux is disabled via the config file. Try using "selinux=0" on the kernel command line.

Comment 5 Michal Schmidt 2011-03-31 19:07:58 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 692573 ***

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