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Bug 2134121 - selinux denies 'write' for 'systemd-gpt-auto-generator' to 'devtmpfs' device
Summary: selinux denies 'write' for 'systemd-gpt-auto-generator' to 'devtmpfs' device
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: selinux-policy
Version: 37
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Zdenek Pytela
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 2134272 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2022-10-12 14:24 UTC by Zdenek Dohnal
Modified: 2022-11-15 01:15 UTC (History)
14 users (show)

Fixed In Version: selinux-policy-37.14-1.fc37
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Last Closed: 2022-11-15 01:15:08 UTC
Type: Bug

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Github fedora-selinux selinux-policy pull 1450 0 None open Allow systemd-gpt-generator raw write to a fixed disk 2022-10-31 16:22:20 UTC

Internal Links: 2141998

Description Zdenek Dohnal 2022-10-12 14:24:03 UTC

the following selinux denial is shown in rawhide (in several occasions - in CI test during testing, or in the VM during upgrade):

Oct 12 16:13:53 fedora systemd[1]: Starting man-db-cache-update.service...
Oct 12 16:13:54 fedora systemd[1]: Reloading.
Oct 12 16:13:54 fedora audit[17072]: AVC avc:  denied  { write } for  pid=17072 comm="systemd-gpt-aut" name="vda" dev="devtmpfs" ino=281 scontext=system_u:system_r:systemd_gpt_generator_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:fixed_disk_device_t>
Oct 12 16:13:54 fedora systemd[17057]: /usr/lib/systemd/system-generators/systemd-gpt-auto-generator failed with exit status 1.

I'm not sure whether the binary is supposed to write to the device, I'll CC systemd maintainers.


Comment 1 Zdenek Dohnal 2022-10-12 14:35:32 UTC

would you or someone else from systemd team reviewing the denial whether it is an expected behavior?

Comment 2 Zdenek Pytela 2022-10-13 06:45:20 UTC
*** Bug 2134272 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Michal Sekletar 2022-10-20 10:35:13 UTC
This AVC denial is caused by recent changes in systemd-gpt-auto-generator, and .

Here is offending stack trace,

systemd-gpt-aut  4739 [000] 13319.264233: avc:selinux_audited: [UNKNOWN EVENT]
        ffffffffa36cdf97 avc_audit_post_callback+0x207 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36cdf97 avc_audit_post_callback+0x207 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36f6cda common_lsm_audit+0x15a ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36cedde slow_avc_audit+0x9e ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36d1f65 audit_inode_permission+0x85 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36d694b selinux_inode_permission+0x18b ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa36ca0f7 security_inode_permission+0x37 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa34583cf may_open+0x6f ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa345cfb0 path_openat+0x6a0 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa345e53e do_filp_open+0x9e ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa3445896 do_sys_openat2+0x96 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa3445c6c __x64_sys_openat+0x5c ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa3f65168 do_syscall_64+0x58 ([kernel.kallsyms])
        ffffffffa400009b entry_SYSCALL_64_after_hwframe+0x63 ([kernel.kallsyms])
                   f9215 __libc_open64+0x55 (inlined)
                  196b98 fd_reopen+0xa8 (/usr/lib64/systemd/
                  12b589 [unknown] (/usr/lib64/systemd/
                  12bb3c loop_device_open+0xcc (/usr/lib64/systemd/
                  12d6a3 loop_device_open_from_path+0x53 (/usr/lib64/systemd/
                    30dd [unknown] (/usr/lib/systemd/system-generators/systemd-gpt-auto-generator)
                   23a0f __libc_start_call_main+0x7f (/usr/lib64/
                   23ac8 __libc_start_main_alias_2+0x88 (inlined)
                    3d24 [unknown] (/usr/lib/systemd/system-generators/systemd-gpt-auto-generator)

The problem is that previously we just took the lock on the device node fd, but now we call loop_device_open_from_path() which in turn tries reopen the device node fd (using /proc/self/fd/FD path) in read-write mode in order to use it for flock() and this is be triggering the AVC denial. These changes on systemd side were intentional hence I think it should be OK to allow this in the policy.

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2022-11-01 18:56:06 UTC
FEDORA-2022-f7fdf02056 has been submitted as an update to Fedora 37.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2022-11-02 13:34:50 UTC
FEDORA-2022-f7fdf02056 has been pushed to the Fedora 37 testing repository.
Soon you'll be able to install the update with the following command:
`sudo dnf upgrade --enablerepo=updates-testing --refresh --advisory=FEDORA-2022-f7fdf02056`
You can provide feedback for this update here:

See also for more information on how to test updates.

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2022-11-15 01:15:08 UTC
FEDORA-2022-f7fdf02056 has been pushed to the Fedora 37 stable repository.
If problem still persists, please make note of it in this bug report.

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