Security-Enhanced Linux secures the httpd_helper processes via flexible mandatory access control.
The httpd_helper processes execute with the httpd_helper_t SELinux type. You can check if you have these processes running by executing the ps command with the -Z qualifier.
ps -eZ | grep httpd_helper_t
The httpd_helper_t SELinux type can be entered via the httpd_helper_exec_t file type.
The default entrypoint paths for the httpd_helper_t domain are the following:
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 httpd_helper policy is very flexible allowing users to setup their httpd_helper processes in as secure a method as possible.
The following process types are defined for httpd_helper:
Note: semanage permissive -a httpd_helper_t can be used to make the process type httpd_helper_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. httpd_helper policy is extremely flexible and has several booleans that allow you to manipulate the policy and run httpd_helper 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 unify HTTPD to communicate with the terminal. Needed for entering the passphrase for certificates at the terminal, you must turn on the httpd_tty_comm boolean. Disabled by default.
setsebool -P httpd_tty_comm 1
SELinux requires files to have an extended attribute to define the file type.
You can see the context of a file using the -Z option to lsbP
Policy governs the access confined processes have to these files. SELinux httpd_helper policy is very flexible allowing users to setup their httpd_helper processes in as secure a method as possible.
The following file types are defined for httpd_helper:
- Set files with the httpd_helper_exec_t type, if you want to transition an executable to the httpd_helper_t domain.
Note: File context can be temporarily modified with the chcon command. If you want to permanently change the file context you need to use the semanage fcontext command. This will modify the SELinux labeling database. You will need to use restorecon to apply the labels.
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 .
selinux(8), httpd_helper(8), semanage(8), restorecon(8), chcon(1), sepolicy(8), setsebool(8)