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tmpfs /dev

I have got a working system with tmpfs /dev and with udev in the initrd.  I 
modified /sbin/init to run the following script immediately after loading the 

. /etc/selinux/config
/sbin/setfiles-mine /etc/selinux/$SELINUXTYPE/contexts/files/file_contexts /dev

Naturally we need to change the location of setfiles to /sbin from /usr/sbin 
if this is the solution we choose as this script will run before any file 
systems are mounted.

Below is the policy I added.  I had already changed the type declarations to 
use the dev_filesystem attribute for everything that may occur under /dev 
(patch sent to the main SE Linux list).  I have setfiles being run as 
kernel_t because I feel that running setfiles as kernel_t is better than 
granting setfiles_t more access than is otherwise required.  This means that 
I have to grant kernel_t access to relabel the device nodes, no big deal IMHO 
as kernel_t generally has ultimate access anyway.

I relabeled /sbin/MAKEDEV as udev_exec_t so that it runs as udev_t when run 
from /sbin/start_udev and can do the things that it wants to do.  This is a 
minor hack.  Maybe it would be better to label /sbin/start_udev as 
udev_exec_t?  That would remove the need to allow initrc_t to create 
sym-links under /dev.

avc:  denied  { getattr } for  pid=1641 exe=/sbin/lvm.static 
path=/sbin/MAKEDEV dev=dm-0 ino=196261 scontext=system_u:system_r:lvm_t 
tcontext=system_u:object_r:udev_exec_t tclass=file

Why does lvm.static want to stat /sbin/MAKEDEV?  Seems strange to me.

Below is the policy I wrote to allow tmpfs /dev and udev in initrd.  I haven't 
split it into all the relevant .te files because it's still an experiment at 
this stage.  After some discussion I'll produce a release version.

# for tmpfs /dev
allow dev_filesystem tmpfs_t:filesystem associate;
allow kernel_t tmpfs_t:chr_file rw_file_perms;
allow kernel_t tmpfs_t:{ dir file lnk_file chr_file blk_file } { getattr 
from };
allow kernel_t device_t:{ dir lnk_file chr_file blk_file } relabelto;
allow kernel_t device_type:{ chr_file blk_file } relabelto;
allow kernel_t udev_tbl_t:file relabelto;
can_exec(kernel_t, { sbin_t setfiles_exec_t })
# for /dev/pts on tmpfs
allow mount_t tmpfs_t:dir mounton;
# for /sbin/MAKEDEV - why?
allow lvm_t udev_exec_t:file getattr;
# allow /sbin/start_udev to run ln
allow initrc_t device_t:lnk_file create_lnk_perms;

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