Bug 959418 - thinlinc cannot create sessions on Fedora 19 (pam_loginuid problem)
Summary: thinlinc cannot create sessions on Fedora 19 (pam_loginuid problem)
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: initscripts
Version: 19
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lukáš Nykrýn
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2013-05-03 12:33 UTC by Pierre Ossman
Modified: 2015-02-17 15:08 UTC (History)
13 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2015-02-17 15:08:40 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 12:33:59 UTC
I'm testing out ThinLinc on Fedora 19 and unfortunately it is unable to create any new user sessions. The problem is pam_loginuid which logs this to secure:

May  3 14:24:04 dhcp-254-223 tl-session: pam_loginuid(thinlinc:session): set_loginuid failed

I fired up strace, and it confirms that this is indeed broken:

[pid 10993] open("/proc/self/loginuid", O_WRONLY|O_TRUNC|O_NOFOLLOW) = 3
[pid 10993] write(3, "1001", 4)         = -1 EPERM (Operation not permitted)
[pid 10993] close(3)                    = 0

I don't understand why it is getting EPERM though. It is running as root, and it seems to have the necessary permissions, as a later call to capget() shows:

[pid 10993] capget({_LINUX_CAPABILITY_VERSION_3, 0}, NULL) = 0

This works just fine on Fedora 18, so it is a regression in the new Fedora.

Comment 1 Josh Boyer 2013-05-03 12:38:08 UTC
Are you getting an AVC denial?

Comment 2 Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 12:40:40 UTC
Nope. And I'm also running in permissive mode to minimise problem sources at this points. The only thing I'm getting in audit.log is this:

type=USER_START msg=audit(1367583844.869:1211): pid=11764 uid=0 auid=0 ses=3 subj=unconfined_u:system_r:thinlinc_session_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 msg='op=PAM:session_open acct="tltest" exe="/opt/thinlinc/libexec/tl-session" hostname=? addr=? terminal=? res=failed'

which doesn't really tell me much.

Comment 3 Josh Boyer 2013-05-03 12:50:26 UTC
Which kernel are you seeing this with?

Could you try and narrow down the latest kernel it worked with in f19?  The builds are here:


If you're seeing this on 3.9, perhaps start with 3.9-rc1 and move forward until you hit it.  If you hit it with 3.9-rc1, the make sure 3.8.11 in F18 still works.  That will help us identify at least a range of commits to look at.

Comment 4 Josh Boyer 2013-05-03 12:51:55 UTC
Also, can you provide the strace output for the relevant section on a working kernel?

Comment 5 Josh Boyer 2013-05-03 13:23:16 UTC
Nevermind the requests.  I recalled something about loginuid after I thought about it for a bit.  This is done on purpose in F19 via the AUDIT_LOGINUID_IMMUTABLE config option.


Eric, Michal, do you have suggestions for Pierre on getting this working with that option set?

Comment 6 Michal Schmidt 2013-05-03 13:36:00 UTC
I am not familiar with ThinLinc. Does it run as a daemon? How do you start it? Do you spawn it from a root's shell or does it have a proper systemd unit file or a SysV initscript?

Comment 7 Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 14:57:15 UTC
It uses SysV/LSB init files to start up. For this portion, there are three portions involved:

 vsmagent - the long term daemon that handles session startup and monitoring

 tl-session - the priviliged process that is spawned off for each session

 tl-xinit - the non-priviliged process that is spawned from tl-session

Because of the problem here, we're stuck in tl-session as it fails to get through the stage of opening a PAM session.

So looking at the commit referenced, it should really work. Because systemd should leave loginuid at -1 for vsmagent, which shouldn't touch it either.

Comment 8 Michal Schmidt 2013-05-03 15:03:24 UTC
Could you verify that vsmagent runs with loginuid -1?
cat /proc/$(pidof vsmagent)/loginuid

-1 would actually show as "4294967295" (2^32 - 1).

Comment 9 Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 15:11:44 UTC
Ah. Found the issue. vsmagent was running with loginuid 0, not -1. And the reason for this was that it was started using the 'service' command, rather than systemctl.

So it seems the bug is that 'service' is not correctly implemented on top of systemd, but instead executes LSB/SysV scripts directly.

Comment 10 Michal Schmidt 2013-05-03 15:19:16 UTC
The redirection to systemctl relies on the initscript sourcing the "functions" script. There should be something like this near the beginning of the initscript:

. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions

Without that the redirection does not work.

Comment 11 Michal Schmidt 2013-05-03 15:21:46 UTC
Reassigning to initscripts for comments.

Comment 12 Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 15:26:55 UTC
(In reply to comment #10)
> The redirection to systemctl relies on the initscript sourcing the
> "functions" script. There should be something like this near the beginning
> of the initscript:
> . /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions
> Without that the redirection does not work.

That's not in LSB though. (neither is 'service' though, but there is nothing else suggested either so de facto standard will have to do)

What is in LSB is /lib/lsb/init-functions, but those are not required to be included.

Our init scripts are supposed to work on every LSB compliant system. So anything distribution specific I have to add makes my life so much more difficult. =/

Comment 13 Bill Nottingham 2013-05-03 18:35:15 UTC
/lib/lsb/init-functions does (indirectly) source /etc/init.d/functions, though it may not do it in a way that allows it to override properly. /sbin/service does redirect to systemctl - it's invoking the init script directly that requires the redirection bits.

Comment 14 Pierre Ossman 2013-05-03 20:02:58 UTC
(In reply to comment #13)
> /sbin/service does redirect to systemctl - it's invoking the init script
> directly that requires the redirection bits.

I beg to differ:

[root@dhcp-254-223 log]# service vsmagent start
Starting ThinLinc vsmagent
[root@dhcp-254-223 log]# systemctl status vsmagent.service 
vsmagent.service - LSB: Start or stop the ThinLinc vsmagent
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/vsmagent)
   Active: inactive (dead) since Fri 2013-05-03 22:00:54 CEST; 10s ago
[root@dhcp-254-223 log]# cat /proc/`pgrep -f vsmagent`/loginuid

Comment 15 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2013-09-04 14:50:38 UTC
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.

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