Security-Enhanced Linux secures the mandb processes via flexible mandatory access control.
The mandb processes execute with the mandb_t SELinux type. You can check if you have these processes running by executing the ps command with the -Z qualifier.
ps -eZ | grep mandb_t
The mandb_t SELinux type can be entered via the mandb_exec_t file type.
The default entrypoint paths for the mandb_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 mandb policy is very flexible allowing users to setup their mandb processes in as secure a method as possible.
The following process types are defined for mandb:
Note: semanage permissive -a mandb_t can be used to make the process type mandb_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. mandb policy is extremely flexible and has several booleans that allow you to manipulate the policy and run mandb 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
The SELinux process type mandb_t can manage files labeled with the following file types. The paths listed are the default paths for these file types. Note the processes UID still need to have DAC permissions.
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 mandb policy is very flexible allowing users to setup their mandb processes in as secure a method as possible.
STANDARD FILE CONTEXT
SELinux defines the file context types for the mandb, if you wanted to store files with these types in a diffent paths, you need to execute the semanage command to specify alternate labeling and then use restorecon to put the labels on disk.
semanage fcontext -a -t mandb_exec_t '/srv/mandb/content(/.*)?'
restorecon -R -v /srv/mymandb_content
Note: SELinux often uses regular expressions to specify labels that match multiple files.
The following file types are defined for mandb:
- Set files with the mandb_cache_t type, if you want to store the files under the /var/cache directory.
- Set files with the mandb_exec_t type, if you want to transition an executable to the mandb_t domain.
- Set files with the mandb_home_t type, if you want to store mandb files in the users home directory.
- Set files with the mandb_lock_t type, if you want to treat the files as mandb lock data, stored under the /var/lock directory
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), mandb(8), semanage(8), restorecon(8), chcon(1), sepolicy(8), setsebool(8)