[Rpm-maint] [PATCH RFC] Package script(let)s SELinux execution context

Guillem Jover guillem at debian.org
Sat Apr 20 17:05:31 UTC 2013


On Mon, 2012-12-03 at 12:15:23 -0500, Eric Paris wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM, Guillem Jover <guillem at debian.org> wrote:
> > Some context for the rpm folks. While looking into improving SELinux
> > support in dpkg, I noticed that dpkg is not setting a new execution
> > context when running the package maintainer scripts (package scriptlets
> > in rpm lingo, I think). And when checking how to implement it, it seemed
> > that reusing something like the current rpm_execcon() would be best,
> > and Stephen seemed to agree. For more details, see the thread starting
> > at <http://marc.info/?t=135236358700001&r=1&w=2>.
> >
> > Having checked the rpm code, and the mailing list, it seems like this
> > new function would make it easy to be used there too for stuff like
> > the Lua scriptlets (if desired), and might make it easier also to
> > switch to the new rpm plugins framework (?).
> >
> > I've discarded the verified argument for the new function because that
> > seemed best handled from the rpm side, and in any case seemed unrelated
> > to the execution context. I'm not entirely convinced about the function
> > name though, as it could be confused as applying a context to a path on
> > the filesystem. And I've not marked rpm_execcon() as deprecated because
> > it might be annoying at the beginning, but would change that if you think
> > it makes sense.
> >
> > In any case, here's a patch adding such new function. For dpkg, given
> > that it has never set a new context up to now, I'd only make use of the
> > function if it's available in libselinux, as I don't think it's worth it
> > to ship an embedded copy. For rpm, I guess it could switch to use the
> > function also if available and fallback to rpm_execcon() otherwise. After
> > a while the rpm_execcon() function could be removed from libselinux, on
> > the next ABI break, as I understand was the plan anyway (?).
> >
> > (The patch might not apply w/o the man page cleanup series.)
> >
> > So, what do you think?

> Anyone have any comments?  I don't see a problem if such a function
> would make your life better...

Any further thoughts on this? rpm and dpkg now carry an almost
identical implementation of the proposed function:



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