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Policy for ntp using nonstandard clock device links



Some ntp clocks like the the wwvb1 which are configured with a line like

server 127.127.4.1   minpoll 3 maxpoll 4

in ntp.conf will need to talk to a "clock device" at /dev/wwvb1.  In
reality the clock is connected to something like /dev/ttyS0 where ntpd
would normally have permissions.  But for these types of clocks we have
to create a sym link ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/wwvb1 because ntp recognizes
the clock as being at /dev/wwvb1.

We get denials like 

audit(1114388976.276:0): avc:  denied  { read } for  pid=23691
exe=/usr/sbin/ntpd name=wwvb1 dev=tmpfs ino=148116
scontext=root:system_r:ntpd_t tcontext=root:object_r:device_t
tclass=lnk_file

which can be fixed with 

allow ntpd_t device_t:lnk_file read;

It might also want write permission, I'm not sure right now.  I'm
looking for comments on the right way to fix this.  Is adding this or
maybe rw_file_perms the way we really should go about this?

Eric


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