Confused about /var/www contexts

Paul Howarth paul at
Wed May 28 07:59:10 UTC 2008

Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> I'm trying to understand why, on an updated F8 machine with
> selinux-policy-3.0.8-101.fc8.noarch and
> selinux-policy-targeted-3.0.8-101.fc8.noarch, /var/www/blah/cgi-bin
> doesn't end up as httpd_sys_script_exec_t.
> semanage fcontext -l says (among many other lines, of course):
>   /var/www/[^/]*/cgi-bin(/.*)?  all files  system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_script_exec_t:s0
> and yet:
>   > sudo restorecon -R -v /var/www
>   > ls -lZ /var/www/blah
>   drwxr-xr-x  root root unconfined_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 cgi-bin/
> Am I misinterpreting the semanage output above?  Is it possible that
> the following line, which appears earlier in the semanage output, is overriding?
>   /var/www(/.*)?      all files        system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0

httpd_sys_content_t is a customizable type and will be left alone by 
restorecon unless you use -F. This may change before much longer though, 
given that it's easier to manage file contexts using semanage than it 
was when customizable types were introduced.


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