In the previous post we made incrond able to watch public_content_t and public_content_rw_t types. However, this is not scalable, so we might want to be able to update the policy more dynamically with additional types. To accomplish this, we will make types eligible for watching through an attribute.

So how does this work? First, we create an attribute called incron_notify_type (we can choose the name we want of course) and grant incrond_t the proper rights on all types that have been assigned the incron_notify_type attribute. Then, we create an interface that other modules (or admins) can use to mark specific types eligible for watching, called incron_notify_file. This interface will assign the incron_notify_type attribute to the provided type.

First, the attribute and its associated privileges:

attribute incron_notify_type;
...
allow incrond_t incron_notify_type:dir list_dir_perms;
allow incrond_t incron_notify_type:file read_file_perms;
allow incrond_t incron_notify_type:lnk_file read_lnk_file_perms;

That's it. For now, this won't do much as there are no types associated with the incron_notify_type attribute, so let's change that by introducing the interface:

########################################
## <summary>
##      Make the specified type a file or directory
##      that incrond can watch on.
## </summary>
## <param name="file_type">
##      <summary>
##      Type of the file to be allowed to watch
##      </summary>
## </param>
#
interface(`incron_notify_file',`
        gen_require(`
                attribute incron_notify_type;
        ')

        typeattribute $1 incron_notify_type;
')

That's it! If you want incrond to watch user content, one can now do something like:

incron_notify_file(home_root_t)
incron_notify_file(user_home_dir_t)
incron_notify_file(user_home_t)

Moreover, we can now also easily check what additional types have been marked as such:

$ seinfo -aincron_notify_type -x
   incron_notify_type
      user_home_dir_t
      user_home_t
      home_root_t

This attribute approach is commonly used for such setups and is becoming more and more a "standard" approach.

In the next post, we'll cover a boolean-triggered approach where incrond will be eligible for watching all (non-security) content.


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