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Old 11-29-2009, 03:35 AM
Roland Roberts
Default SELinux won't let dovecot connect to postgresql

I'm running Fedora 11 x86_64 with the dovecot and dovecot-pgsql RPMs
installed. I have a small user database set up for email authentication.

The issue I'm having is that when I am in enforcing mode, dovecot can't
connect to the database. Turning off enforcing mode lets it work. I'm
having trouble diagnosing where the denial is taking place as I don't
see any avc messages in /var/log/messages that relate to dovecot. The
only messages I'm getting are in /var/log/maillog from dovecot like this:

Nov 28 22:23:11 fred dovecot: auth(default): pgsql: Connect failed to
maildb: could not connect to server: Permission denied
Nov 28 22:23:11 fred dovecot: auth(default): #011Is the server running
on host "fred.flinstone.org" and accepting
Nov 28 22:23:11 fred dovecot: auth(default): #011TCP/IP connections on
port 5432?

The answer to the questions is "yes" it is running and accepting
connections. Whether or not enforcing mode is on, when logged in, I can
connect to the database via

$ psql -h fred.flinstone.org maildb

I *think* this is a result of updating on Nov 18. I have not changed
the default selinux mode since the host was set up back in September.
At that point, I set it to enforcing mode after working out a few
issues. On Nov 18, a lot of things were updated, but among there were

Nov 18 10:00:02 Updated: kernel-firmware-
Nov 18 10:00:15 Updated: kernel-headers-
Nov 18 10:00:28 Installed: kernel-devel-
Nov 18 10:01:30 Installed: kernel-
Nov 18 10:02:01 Updated: selinux-policy-3.6.12-86.fc11.noarch
Nov 18 10:02:46 Updated: selinux-policy-targeted-3.6.12-86.fc11.noarch

Today, I did another update, hoping it would cure the problem and got
these revisions

Nov 28 10:57:33 Updated: selinux-policy-3.6.12-88.fc11.noarch
Nov 28 10:57:47 Updated: selinux-policy-targeted-3.6.12-88.fc11.noarch

but the behavior is unchanged, I still have to turn off enforcing mode.

Any clues on what I need to do to get this to work? Or where to look
for clues since, as I mentioned, I can't even find log entries that
would clue me in.


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