As far as I gather, the restrictions put in place by UEFI secure boot are roughly equivalent to CAP_COMPROMISE_KERNEL, and selinux has a policy called "compromise_kernel" that also checks for and prevents the same operations.
Assignment of host hardware to guests in qemu-kvm via its "-device pci-assign" option is known to fail on systems with UEFI secure boot. However, even on systems that don't have a UEFI BIOS,pci-assign is no longer working as of Fedora 18 unless the following three steps are taken (this is assuming that qemu-kvm is run by libvirtd):
1) clear_emulator_capabilies is set to 0 in /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf
2) qemu-kvm is run as root rather than as user qemu
3) selinux is set to permissive mode.
Items 1 and 2 can be solved in libvirt by making sure that CAP_COMPROMISE_KERNEL is set when pci passthrough will be required. Item 3 currently has no solution other than a blankete disabling of selinux, which is obviously not desired.
The solution would be to either unconditionally, or possibly as the result of an selinux boolean called virt_allow_compromise_kernel_t (or something like that), not check for [whatever compromise_kernel checks for] in processes that are svirt_t.
Without such a change, PCI passthrough will no longer work in F18+.
Looks like this is fixed in selinux-policy-3.11.1-70.fc18.src.rpm
But Dan Berrange asked me to make this the default and remove virt_use_sysfs altogether, which is fine with me.
c02f1786d5176b0367494d27280d036996c77cdc fixes this.
selinux-policy-3.11.1-108.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing selinux-policy-3.11.1-108.fc18'
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