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selinux strange behaviour

Post by mgravier » 2019/11/15 13:35:11

Dear all

I try to forbid execution of script on user home by standard user. Here what I have done :

Change the boolean user_exec_content to off :
# setsebool user_exec_content off

So if i read policies any process with the user_t domain should not be able to exec a file with user_home_t type ?

So i create a user "toto" with the context :
$ id -Z

I create a bash script "" with 2 lines :
ps -fZ

$ ll -Z
total 3
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 toto toto user_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0 19 15 nov. 08:00

When i try to execute de script :
$ ./
-bash: ./ Permission denied

That's what I wanted. And it's SELinux which do the work :
# tail -3 /var/log/audit/audit.log
type=AVC msg=audit(1573824552.173:265): avc: denied { execute } for pid=15138 comm="bash" name="" dev="dm-0" ino=341980 scontext=user_u:user_r:user_t:s0 tcontext=user_u:object_r:user_home_t:s0 tclass=file permissive=0
type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1573824552.173:265): arch=c000003e syscall=59 success=no exit=-13 a0=55ed16979130 a1=55ed169ad730 a2=55ed169856c0 a3=8 items=0 ppid=14703 pid=15138 auid=1000 uid=1000 gid=1000 euid=1000 suid=1000 fsuid=1000 egid=1000 sgid=1000 fsgid=1000 tty=pts1 ses=9 comm="bash" exe="/usr/bin/bash" subj=user_u:user_r:user_t:s0 key=(null)ARCH=x86_64 SYSCALL=execve AUID="toto" UID="toto" GID="toto" EUID="toto" SUID="toto" FSUID="toto" EGID="toto" SGID="toto" FSGID="toto"
type=PROCTITLE msg=audit(1573824552.173:265): proctitle="-bash"

But if I do this :
$ bash
user_u:user_r:user_t:s0 toto 14703 14702 0 08:00 pts/1 00:00:00 -bash
user_u:user_r:user_t:s0 toto 15147 14703 0 08:31 pts/1 00:00:00 bash
user_u:user_r:user_t:s0 toto 15148 15147 0 08:31 pts/1 00:00:00 ps -fZ

I'm quite surprise of the result !? Why the second bash (pid 15147) is authorized to execute "" ?

Thanks for your attention.

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Re: selinux strange behaviour

Post by TrevorH » 2019/11/15 13:47:38

For more complex selinux related questions, you are probably better off asking on either the Fedora selinux mailing list (it covers RHEL/CentOS as well) or on the Freenode IRC channel #selinux. You may also get answers here but please update us and let us know what you find out from the other resources.
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Re: selinux strange behaviour

Post by mgravier » 2019/11/18 07:28:31

I copy here the answer of Stephen Smalley on the selinux mailing list :

Because scripts are interpreted/read, not executed. Direct invocation
(./ performs an execve() and the kernel can apply an execute
check at that time before starting the interpreter and passing it the
script file. Running it explicitly via the interpreter (bash
just open()'s the file O_RDONLY, reads its content, and interprets it.
Hence, you'd have to deny read permission to user_home_t, which wouldn't
work very well. There are patches floating about to introduce an
O_MAYEXEC flag to open() for use by interpreters to signal to the kernel
that they intend to "execute" content from the file, which could then
trigger an execute check here as well.

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