Curious Behavior doing routine redirection of ping output to (selinux: message 2 of 12) file...

Daniel J Walsh dwalsh at
Sat Dec 24 12:31:57 UTC 2005

Robert Nichols wrote:
> Daniel J Walsh wrote:
>> ping runs under the ping_t domain and it is not allowed to write to 
>> the home dir.  When you redirect in shell, shell has the application 
>> open the file which is not allowed.  A hack to get around this 
>> problem is
>> ping XYZ | cat > /home/dwalsh/myping
> It's actually the shell that opens the file for input or output
> redirection, so apparently SELinux is denying a write to a file
> that is already open for writing.  Curious.
That would seem logical, but from the kernel's perspective it looks like 
the ping command is opening the file on redirection.  IE
Stdout gets replaced with the write to the file.  SELinux blocks on 
read/write not open.


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