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Re: Some questions relating to selinux

On Mon, 2004-04-12 at 13:06, Russell Coker wrote:

> We discussed this at length and came to the conclusion that running a GNOME or 
> KDE environment in a privileged role is a bad idea.  

The problem is that it's going to happen.  E.g. if you log in as a
staff_r, then inside a terminal use 'su' to become root/sysadm_r, and
run a program that uses X.

> Also GNOME and KDE 
> create lots of /tmp entries such as /tmp/mcop-user and /tmp/.gconf-user.  If 
> you login to GNOME or KDE as one role and then login as the same UID with 
> another role then one of two things will happen:
> 1)  role A is not permitted to write to role B's /tmp files and the login will 
> fail in ways that might be surprising and difficult to debug.
> 2)  role A is permitted to write to role B's /tmp files, things will work BUT 
> role A can probably use this to take over role B processes.  If we permit 
> this bi-directionally so that no combination of X login order will result in 
> failure then we give role A and role B such access to each other that we 
> should just merge them.

There's a third option - write policy such that only for those shared
files, each role can access the other's files.  That's what I'm working
on right now with GConf.

> The conclusion is that there is no benefit in giving the user two roles and 
> allowing them both to be accessed through a GUI login.

Although we don't have SE-X yet, making most of this moot, I think it's
still a worthwhile goal.

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