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Old 01-08-2008, 10:52 AM
"HAWKER, Dan 2 (external)"
Default UNCLASSIFIED - Developing Policies for SELinux on Embedded Systems

Hi All,

Am very much a SELinux Policy Newbie, so please be gentle

Have been tasked with generating a series of SELinux policies for some
embedded Linux devices we are developing. Naturally, time is not in

The target system is a special stripped-down FC4 variant (i386, about
80MB footprint), we have developed in-house for our embedded platform
and runs a custom 2.6.12ish kernel with some modifications for the
target hardware.

I planned to start with the base reference policy, strip out the bits we
don't need (it only runs our own apps plus the minimum to boot) and then
add policies for our apps. All presuming the relatively old kernel we
are using can handle the ref policy and subsequent libselinux, etc
updates of course.

Obviously with time being of the essence, I'd like a quick and easy way
of developing the appropriate policies. I have looked at the tools that
are available at present (SLIDE, SETools, etc) however tbh am a bit
confused about what would be the best way forward and whether it'll all
work as expected before I spend days/weeks of development time down a
dead end.

Naturally the embedded nature of the hardware means I am unable to
develop directly on the target and as such SLIDE seems a good tool and
with the SLIDERemote, would seem a good fit, (install SLIDE on my RHEL5
DevBox and connect to my remote target, which has network access but
limited onboard resources). However am just unsure as to whether it will
work as expected or indeed if there is another better route or toolset I
should take.

Any ideas/insights gratefully received

Thanks for any help



Dan Hawker
Linux System Administrator


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