I'm now able to boot into my system with SELinux in enforcing mode (without unconfined domains), do standard system administration tasks as root / sysadm_r (including the relevant Portage activities) and work as a regular user as long as I don't want to run in Xorg. I'm not going to focus on Xorg pretty soon now as there is a bunch of other things to do (like other applications, writing policies, patching etc.), but here is a very quick summary on the activities I had to do (apart from those in the Gentoo Hardened SELinux Handbook):

  • Use a more recent reference policy to start from. I fiddled with a live ebuild first, but am now falling back to the latest reference policy release of Tresys, versioned 2.20100524. The implementing package (sec-policy/selinux-base-policy) can be found in my overlay (sjvermeu).
  • I use a meta package sec-policy/selinux-policy which pulls in the base policy as well as policies that you definitely need, but seem to work well when loaded as a module. Currently, that only includes sec-policy/selinux-portage but others may follow later. The main reason is that I like the modular approach and this way, I can update/patch these modules without requiring a base rebuild/reload
  • Speaking of patching, the sec-policy/selinux-portage ebuild contains a patch for those who have /tmp and/or /var/tmp as a tmpfs filesystem
  • I had to update /lib64/rcscripts/addons/lvm-start.sh so that the lvm locks are placed in /etc/lvm/lock rather than /dev/.lvm
  • I also had to update /lib/dhcpcd/dhcpcd-hooks/50-dhcpcd-compat to put the *.info files in /var/lib/dhcpcd rather than /var/lib.
  • Many binaries in /bin (part of sys-apps/net-tools) are hard links (same inode) but different name. This gives issues with SELinux' file contexts. Quick fix is to copy rather than hardlink (for instance, cp hostname hostname.old). After this, I ran rlpkg net-tools.
  • Many packages need to be unmasked (from ~amd64) as the current stable packages either don't work or are too old. The "unstable" ones seem to work pretty well though.

I know much development is being put in the SELinux state of Gentoo Hardened (just visit #gentoo-hardened if you have questions) so I'm sure things will be improving soon.


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