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Old 12-03-2007, 03:18 PM
Daniel J Walsh
Default AW: RHEL5 + strict policy: Unprivileged user cron - "Unauthorized SELinux context"

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Harald Beugler-Bell wrote:
> I got a similar problem when trying to run cron as root. It looks like selinux is unable to get the correct user context of the crond process
> crond[5587]: (*system*) NULL security context for user ()
> crond[5587]: CRON (root) ERROR: failed to change SELinux context
> crond[5587]: CRON (root) ERROR: cannot set security context
> The file context of the cron file is set according to default context:
> $ ls -lZ /etc/cron.d/testing-cron
> -rw-r--r-- root root system_ubject_r:system_cron_spool_t:s0 /etc/cron.d/testing-cron
> $ ps -efZ | grep crond
> staff_u:system_r:crond_t:s0 root 14922 1 0 00:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/crond start
> $ /usr/sbin/semanage login -l | egrep "root|system"
> root root s0-s0:c0.c1023
> system_u system_u s0-s0:c0.c1023
> bash-3.1# cat /etc/redhat-release
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5 (Tikanga)
> vixie-cron-4.1-66.1.el5
> libselinux-1.33.4-2.el5
> libselinux-python-1.33.4-2.el5
> selinux-policy-strict-2.4.6-79.el5
> selinux-policy-2.4.6-79.el5
> any help is welcome.
> thanks
> Hari
> ----- Ursprüngliche Mail ----
> Von: Aleksander Adamowski <aleksander.adamowski.fedora@altkom.pl>
> An: fedora-selinux-list@redhat.com
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, den 28. November 2007, 16:10:58 Uhr
> Betreff: Re: RHEL5 + strict policy: Unprivileged user cron - "Unauthorized SELinux context"
> Stephen Smalley pisze:
>> On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 21:16 +0100, Aleksander Adamowski wrote:
>>> crond[27249]: (apache) Unauthorized SELinux context, but SELinux in
>>> permissive mode, continuing (cron/apache)
>>> crond[29358]: (apache) NULL security context for user, but SELinux
> in
>>> permissive mode, continuing ()
>> Sounds like it just stayed in crond's context since it failed the
> check
>> and the system was permissive. Naturally, in enforcing mode, it
> would
>> have not executed the job at all.
>> crond computes a context for the user's cron job in the usual manner,
>> then applies a entrypoint permission check between that context and
> the
>> file context on the crontab file (which gets picked up from a
>> combination of its creator and the parent directory). If that check
>> fails, then crond refuses to execute the crontab commands in that
>> process context. The check is intended to prevent injection of
> commands
>> from one context into another via crontab, unless authorized by
> policy
>> of course.
> That's reasonable.
>> I'd have expected it to try to run the cron job in user_u:user_r:
>> user_crond_t:s0 since apache wouldn't have a specific entry in
> seusers.
>> So it would have wanted the crontab file to have user_cron_spool_t on
>> it, which would have happened if a user_t process created it. If
>> instead an admin created it and it got sysadm_cron_spool_t or
>> staff_cron_spool_t, that might explain it. So you could relabel it
> or
>> allow that permission. First though check the current label on the
>> crontab file.
> Yes, you're right. That was precisely the cause.
> I've used "crontab -e -u apache" as root.
> The files in /var/spool/cron got sysadm_cron_spool_t type (the full
> context was rootbject_r:sysadm_cron_spool_t).
> After running "fixfiles relabel /var/spool/cron/", the apache crontab
> got system_ubject_r:user_cron_spool_t.
> Now cron runs fine and doesn't log anything suspicious.
> IMHO crontab should be modified to relabel crontab files that are
> edited
> using the "-u" option, but this is a question to Dan - should I file a
> new bug to bugzilla.redhat.com on this?
Please update to the U1 policy.

I think you should be able to get this from RHN or you can grab it off of

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