squid denial on F11 for var_run_t

Daniel J Walsh dwalsh at redhat.com
Tue Jun 16 12:32:10 UTC 2009

On 06/15/2009 06:31 PM, Scott Radvan wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:19:39 +0100
> Paul Howarth<paul at city-fan.org>  wrote:
>> On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:47:08 +1000
>> Scott Radvan<sradvan at redhat.com>  wrote:
>>> I got a denial when actually starting squid for the first time (I
>>> assume this happens as it attempts to create its pid in /var/run):
>> What's happening here is a denial for *reading* /var/run/squid.pid,
>> which is of type var_run_t. Now in Fedora 11 this file should be
>> labelled squid_var_run_t, and that's what it is labelled on two Fedora
>> 11 boxes freshly installed here. It seems there's a labelling problem
>> on your system. Can you post the output of "ls -lZa /var/run"? Is your
>> system a fresh install or an upgrade?
>> Paul.
> I'm pretty sure I've figured out what I was doing wrong after another
> re-install.
> I was previously starting squid directly from /usr/sbin/squid instead
> of using 'service squid start'. Starting it directly
> from /usr/sbin/squid apparently(?) doesn't initialise squid.pid as
> squid_var_run_t, rather it just starts as var_run_t, which is why I got
> a denial.
> Starting squid via 'service squid start' as I should have been doing
> from the start is working fine now. Thanks for your help Paul.

Unconfined processes tend to stay unconfined.  That is what uses expect, 
telling them that they are executing an uconfined process that suddenly 
becomes confined, seems wrong to them.  That being said, you can end up 
with mislabeled files because of this.


unconfined_t -> squid_exec_t -> unconfined_t

But unconfined processes starting init scripts have a transition

unconfined_t -> initrc_exec_t -> initrc_t -> squid_exec_t -> squid_t

So any time you are using a confined process you should use the init 
script to start them, otherwise you could get mislabeled files.

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