Bug 709779 - rsync 3.0.8 destroys security context of symbolic links
Summary: rsync 3.0.8 destroys security context of symbolic links
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rsync
Version: 14
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michal Luscon
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
URL: https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.c...
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Reported: 2011-06-01 15:43 UTC by Martin Wilck
Modified: 2012-05-16 10:27 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-05-16 10:27:54 UTC
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Description Martin Wilck 2011-06-01 15:43:53 UTC
Description of problem:
P2V conversion of a F14 installation: used rsync -aHAXx to duplicate file systems from hysical to virtual host.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Physical-2-Virtual conversion of a F14 installation: used rsync -aHAXx to duplicate file systems from physical to virtual host.

Actual results:
on source:
lrwxrwxrwx. root root system_u:object_r:lib_t:s0       /lib64/libc.so.6 -> libc-2.13.so
on target:
lrwxrwxrwx. root root unconfined_u:object_r:file_t:s0  /lib64/libc.so.6 -> libc-2.13.so

These changed security contexts for symlinks cause the boot of the newly created VM to fail unless boot parameter selinux=0 is used.

Expected results:
Newly created VM bots nicely

Additional info:

mkdir SRC
touch SRC/file
ln -s file SRC/link
chcon -h system_u:object_r:lib_t:s0 SRC/*
ls -Z SRC
-rw-r--r--. root root system_u:object_r:lib_t:s0       file
lrwxrwxrwx. root root system_u:object_r:lib_t:s0       link -> file

mkdir TGT
rsync -aHAXx SRC/ TGT
ls -Z TGT
-rw-r--r--. root root system_u:object_r:lib_t:s0       file
lrwxrwxrwx. root root unconfined_u:object_r:user_tmp_t:s0 link -> file

This seems to have been a deliberate change in rsync:


The reason given for this change was a reference to the attr(5) man page:   
"For this reason, extended user attributes are only allowed for regular files and directories, ...". However, that section applies to *user* attributes only. The changes made so rsync affect all attribute name spaces, 

commit 9d6fe1a6f0233c7567dfb114835751aff85a578b
Author: Wayne Davison <wayned@samba.org>
Date:   Mon Jan 3 11:07:47 2011 -0800

    Avoid reading ACL/xattr info on filetypes not being copied.
    Make Linux avoid xattr access on symlinks.
    Make OS X avoid xattr access on device/special files.
    Fixes bug 5458.

M       acls.c
M       configure.ac
M       flist.c
M       xattrs.c

Comment 1 Martin Wilck 2011-06-01 15:54:30 UTC
Opened upstream bug https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8201.

Comment 2 Martin Wilck 2011-06-01 15:59:32 UTC
After fixing the security attributes of all symlinks with a small script, my VM now boots nicely.

Comment 3 Martin Wilck 2011-06-20 08:43:58 UTC
The upstream bug has been fixed. The commit ID is e2c1e482e004b8f992156bf436d4bf34cee1ee1d. It seems to contain another change as well though.

Comment 4 Martin Wilck 2011-06-20 08:47:53 UTC
My bad, e2c1e482e004b8f992156bf436d4bf34cee1ee1d is clean. I request its inclusion in Fedora's rsync release.


Comment 5 Michal Luscon 2012-05-16 10:27:54 UTC
You can find updated fedora-15 and fedora-16 rsync package in testing.

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