[Bug 184319] New: Spamassassin and SELinux

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           Summary: Spamassassin and SELinux
           Product: Fedora Core
           Version: fc4
          Platform: i386
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: normal
         Component: spamassassin
        AssignedTo: wtogami at redhat.com
        ReportedBy: rsandu at softhome.net
                CC: fedora-perl-devel-
                    list at redhat.com,felicity at kluge.net,jm at jmason.org,parkerm
                    @pobox.com,reg+redhat at sidney.com,wtogami at redhat.com

Description of problem:

As described in SpamAssassin's man page, the program must create user_prefs in
$HOME/.spamassassin, where $HOME is the homedirectory of the user spamassassin
is run under.

When spamc is invoked from Postfix's master.cf file (as described at 
http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/IntegratedSpamdInPostfix) and SELinux is
enabled, Spamassassin can't create user_prefs file in /home/someuser, even if
"someuser" was created on purpose.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

(stock Fedora Core 4 + updates March 06, 2006)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Invoke Spamassassin as a filter, from Postfix, as described in
http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/IntegratedSpamdInPostfix, with SELinux
enabled. Postfix users should be virtual users.
Actual results:
The process can't write user_prefs under /home/someuser.

Expected results:
A predefined system user should be created when installing Spamassassin (by the
rpm), with an appropiate, FHS-compliant homedirectory, in order to provide a
place to create user_prefs, when Postfix users are virtual users and SELinux is

Spamassassin docs should indicate the correct way to proceed/configure in such

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