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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] selinux: Use raw contexts

On 10/12/2012 09:17 AM, Martin Kletzander wrote:
> On 10/12/2012 04:53 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
>> On 10/12/2012 08:39 AM, Martin Kletzander wrote:
>>> We are currently able to work only with non-translated SELinux
>>> contexts, but we are using functions that work with translated
>>> contexts throughout the code.  This patch swaps all SELinux context
>>> translation relative calls with their raw sisters to avoid parsing
>>> problems.
>>> The problems can be experienced with mcstrans for example.
>>> Thanks Laurent Bigonville for finding this out.

> The difference is that if you have translations enabled (yum install
> mcstrans; service mcstrans start), fgetfilecon_raw() will get you
> something like 'system_u:object_r:virt_image_t:s0', whereas
> fgetfilecon() will return 'system_u:object_r:virt_image_t:SystemLow'
> that we cannot parse.

Very useful, and worth including in the commit message.

> I'm trying to confirm that the _raw variants were here since the dawn of
> time, but the only thing I see now is that it was imported together in
> the upstream repo [1] from svn, so before 2008.
> [1] http://oss.tresys.com/git/selinux.git

Also useful.  Put this in the commit message as well, and you have my
ACK, since I just verified that fgetfilecon_raw exists on RHEL 5, which
is all the further we have to worry about historically.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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