On the new SELinux profiles


Sven Vermeulen Thu 14 July 2011

Ever since Anthony put in the new SELinux profiles - which was long due - they have seen quite a few tests and the necessary, evolutionary updates. No changes that broke things, no oddities that would give a WTF to whomever is using it. The latest updates were to remove some obsolete masks so that our visibility in the Gentoo QA Reports is down again.

However, we are well aware that these profiles are still in the dev(elopment) phase but would like to stabilize these soon. For this to happen, we need SELinux users to give the new profiles a go. Become sysadm_r & root and switch your profile to whichever SELinux profile suits you the most (with the new profiles, we support SELinux on multilib and no-multilib and across various settings).

All my local servers run with "hardened/linux/amd64/no-multilib/selinux" whereas my main workstation uses "hardened/linux/amd64/selinux" (since I still have some need for the multilib setup). We did some tests on non-hardened profiles too as well as on the x86 architecture with no problems whatsoever. So although we can't guarantee anything, I'm pretty convinced that the profiles will work for you too!

So by all means, see if you can switch from the v2refpolicy/ profiles and give us your feedback. You're always welcome for a chat on #gentoo-hardened (irc.freenode.net) or on our mailinglists.