[CentOS] SELinux - way of the future or good idea but !!!
heinlein at madboa.com
Tue Nov 30 11:30:55 EST 2010
I'll add to the large (often interesting, but large nonetheless) pile
of messages in this thread by remarking that even in permissive mode,
SELinux can be very useful as an audit tool.
Those AVC messages folks love to hate show deviations from expected
behavior. Sometimes those deviations are false positives and require a
policy adjustment or relabeling. Sometimes, however, they show in
great detail exactly what an exploited vulnerability did (or tried to
do): read or replace files, open TCP ports or sockets, create and
A while back, someone exploited a vulnerability on a machine in my
care. I'd been having trouble getting other apps on that machine to
work and play well with SELinux so I had it running in permissive
mode. Using the audit logs, I was able to ascertain with a high degree
of confidence the extent of the damage -- using information that would
have been unavailable but for SELinux.
Of course, the exploit wouldn't have been possible if I'd been running
SELinux in enforcing mode... :-)
Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/
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