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cronjob_selinux - Man Page

Security Enhanced Linux Policy for the cronjob processes


Security-Enhanced Linux secures the cronjob processes via flexible mandatory access control.

The cronjob processes execute with the cronjob_t SELinux type. You can check if you have these processes running by executing the ps command with the -Z qualifier.

For example:

ps -eZ | grep cronjob_t


The cronjob_t SELinux type can be entered via the user_cron_spool_t, shell_exec_t file types.

The default entrypoint paths for the cronjob_t domain are the following:

/var/spool/at(/.*)?, /var/spool/cron, /var/spool/cron/[^/]+, /bin/d?ash, /bin/ksh.*, /bin/zsh.*, /usr/bin/d?ash, /usr/bin/ksh.*, /usr/bin/zsh.*, /bin/esh, /bin/bash, /bin/fish, /bin/mksh, /bin/sash, /bin/tcsh, /bin/yash, /bin/bash2, /usr/bin/esh, /sbin/nologin, /usr/bin/bash, /usr/bin/fish, /usr/bin/mksh, /usr/bin/sash, /usr/bin/tcsh, /usr/bin/yash, /usr/bin/bash2, /usr/sbin/sesh, /usr/sbin/smrsh, /usr/bin/scponly, /usr/libexec/sesh, /usr/sbin/nologin, /usr/bin/git-shell, /usr/sbin/scponlyc, /usr/libexec/sudo/sesh, /usr/bin/cockpit-bridge, /usr/libexec/cockpit-agent, /usr/libexec/git-core/git-shell

Process Types

SELinux defines process types (domains) for each process running on the system

You can see the context of a process using the -Z option to psbP

Policy governs the access confined processes have to files. SELinux cronjob policy is very flexible allowing users to setup their cronjob processes in as secure a method as possible.

The following process types are defined for cronjob:


Note: semanage permissive -a cronjob_t can be used to make the process type cronjob_t permissive. SELinux does not deny access to permissive process types, but the AVC (SELinux denials) messages are still generated.


SELinux policy is customizable based on least access required.  cronjob policy is extremely flexible and has several booleans that allow you to manipulate the policy and run cronjob with the tightest access possible.

If you want to allow all domains to execute in fips_mode, you must turn on the fips_mode boolean. Enabled by default.

setsebool -P fips_mode 1

If you want to allow system to run with NIS, you must turn on the nis_enabled boolean. Disabled by default.

setsebool -P nis_enabled 1


semanage fcontext can also be used to manipulate default file context mappings.

semanage permissive can also be used to manipulate whether or not a process type is permissive.

semanage module can also be used to enable/disable/install/remove policy modules.

semanage boolean can also be used to manipulate the booleans

system-config-selinux is a GUI tool available to customize SELinux policy settings.


This manual page was auto-generated using sepolicy manpage .

See Also

selinux(8), cronjob(8), semanage(8), restorecon(8), chcon(1), sepolicy(8), setsebool(8)


24-06-11 SELinux Policy cronjob