Bug 735870 - system-config-samba does not automatically configure SELinux
Summary: system-config-samba does not automatically configure SELinux
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-samba
Version: 15
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nils Philippsen
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-09-05 21:07 UTC by Timothy Miller
Modified: 2012-08-07 21:20 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-08-07 17:32:10 UTC

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Description Timothy Miller 2011-09-05 21:07:41 UTC
Description of problem:
When I use system-config-samba, I find that clients are not allowed access to home directory shares.  It turns out that SELinux must be notified separately with the command "setsebool -P samba_emable_home_dirs 1".  

Since SELinux appears to be enabled by default, I think that system-config-samba should either (a) automatically configure samba_emable_home_dirs, or (b) at least warn you that you have to do this.  

Any user not familiar with this will have a hard time figuring out what was going on.  I was just lucky to see someone mention SELinux and find the SELinux troubleshooter program, which told me how to fix the problem.  I'm usually pretty good with googling stuff, but I didn't know the terminology well enough and went around in circles.  More novice users will be stymied completely.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
system-config-samba doesn't appear to have a "-v" or "--version" option.  Yum says this:
Name        : system-config-samba
Arch        : noarch
Version     : 1.2.92
Release     : 1.fc15

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Use system-config-samba to export home shares
2.  Don't realize that you have to configure SELinux separately

Actual results:
Total confusion

Expected results:
More user-friendliness

Additional info:

Comment 1 Barry Godusky 2012-02-26 00:10:14 UTC
Nils this is a good idea to at least throw a flag that seLinux needs to be changed. Better would be to have it done automatically, But I do see some serious security issues doing that way since automating the system may open holes unexpectedly!

Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2012-08-07 17:32:12 UTC
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Comment 3 Timothy Miller 2012-08-07 21:20:58 UTC
I have no idea if this has been fixed, because I haven't tried Fedora 16.  If it hasn't been fixed, I think it would be a good idea to keep it open.

I'm not sure why the bug zapper caught this bug.  Fedora 15, as a release, may be EOL, but Fedora, as a distro, is not EOL, nor is the package we're discussing.  Therefore, unless it's fixed, we should keep this open.


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