problems with tmpfs and relabeling

Stephen Smalley sds at
Fri Apr 21 11:51:44 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-20 at 14:38 -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Stephen Smalley (sds at said: 
> > It may be necessary to add allow rules to enable the fscontext= mount to
> > succeed, although I would have expected that to generate an avc denial
> > if that were the issue (unless suppressed by a dontaudit, but that seems
> > wrong).  You would need to allow <processdomain>
> > <originalfstype>:filesystem relabelfrom; allow <processdomain>
> > <newfstype>:filesystem relabelto;   Dan?
> OK, once doing this, I get:
> avc: denied { search } for pid=1688 comm="mount" name="/" dev=tmpfs ino=5444
> scontext=system_u:system_r:mount_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:fs_t:s0 
> tclass=dir

Ah, yes.  tmpfs / fs_use_trans is a bit different; inodes are labeled
based on transition SID computed from allocating task SID and superblock

> And, then, expectedly, after fixing that, restorecon can't getattr/read/etc
> fs_t.
> I seem to be stuck in a neverending cascade of AVCs. What's generally
> wrong here?
> The usage model is this:
> 1) mount a tmpfs under /var somewhere
> 2) take a predefined list of dirs and files, and for each one:
>    a) copy it to that tmpfs
>    b) bind mount it over its original location
>    c) restrorecon @ the original location, to get the contexts right
> This shouldn't be *that* hard to get working with policy, should it?

This is beginning to make me think that fs_use_trans behavior isn't
quite what it needs to be, or that we need an alternate (new) behavior
for tmpfs.  tmpfs has always been a bit of a sore spot because of its
multiple uses for the kernel-internal shm mount, the userspace POSIX shm
mount, and any other arbitrary use.

Possibly stupid question:  Will files be created dynamically in these
tmpfs mounts at runtime?  Do you expect them to follow the traditional
inherit-from-parent-directory behavior you get from ext3?  

Stephen Smalley
National Security Agency

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