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Re: udev slowness and selinux



On Fri, 2005-12-02 at 17:50 -0500, Daniel J Walsh wrote:
> Yesterday's policy package wiped out the policy.20 file, on yum update.  
> We are no longer shipping policy.20 in the rpm, and the package post 
> install creates it.    Problem is the previous version was shipped with 
> it and wipes it out on its post uninstall.  Need to change the trigger 
> on policy package to recreate policy.20.
> 
> selinux-policy-*-2.0.7-3 fixes the problem.  It is up on my people site  
> ftp://people.redhat.com/dwalsh/SELinux/Fedora
> 
> You can also do a
> semoudle -B /usr/share/selinux/targeted/base.pp to recreate the 
> policy.20 file.
> 
> Do not reboot until you fix this or else init will crash because you 
> have no policy.

So why is init "crashing" rather than logging a message about the
failure to load policy and halting cleanly?  Bug in libselinux or in
sysvinit-selinux.patch?  I moved aside my policy.20 file to prevent
loading by init, rebooted with enforcing=0 single, and then ran a
trivial program that called the libselinux selinux_init_load_policy()
function under valgrind, and it returned -1 as expected without any
memory errors being reported, so libselinux seems to handle it
correctly.  Hence, I would have expected init to log the "Enforcing mode
requested but no policy loaded.  Halting now." message (from
sysvinit-selinux.patch) and then exit normally.

-- 
Stephen Smalley
National Security Agency


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