Run init script as SELinux type other than initrc_t

To run a custom init script as SELinux context other than initrc_t, you can use an SELinux policy that adds a new type for you to use.

# Filename: general-local.te
# License: CC-BY-SA 4.0
# Author: bgstack15
# Startdate: 2019-09-19 16:45
# Title: SELinux Policy for Custom Process Types from Init Scripts
# Purpose: SELinux policy to allow an init script to run a process as a selinux type other than initrc_t
# History:
# Usage:
#    When installed, you can run the following command to have the daemon process transition to type unconfined_t:
#    chcon -t 'local_initrc_exec_t' /etc/init.d/myscript
# Reference:
#    liberal use of tail -n45000 /var/log/audit/audit.log | audit2allow
# Improve:
# Documentation:
#    Change an init script to context local_initrc_exec_t and then the process will transition to unconfined_t which of course is insecure, but it satisfies the scan that is looking for daemons running as initrc_t.
module general-local 1.0;

require {
        type fs_t;
        type initrc_exec_t;
        type init_t;
        type unconfined_t;
        class file { append create entrypoint execmod execute execute_no_trans getattr ioctl link lock mounton open quotaon read relabelfrom relabelto rename setattr swapon unlink write };
        class filesystem associate;
        class process { unconfined transition };
        class service { start status };

type local_initrc_exec_t;
type_transition init_t local_initrc_exec_t:process unconfined_t ;

#============= init_t ==============
allow init_t local_initrc_exec_t:file *;
allow init_t unconfined_t:process transition;
#============= local_initrc_exec_t ==============
allow local_initrc_exec_t fs_t:filesystem associate;
#============= unconfined_t ==============
allow unconfined_t local_initrc_exec_t:file *;
allow unconfined_t local_initrc_exec_t:service { start status };

To compile and install this module, you can run the following oneliner.

checkmodule -M -m -o general_local.mod general_local.te && semodule_package -m general_local.mod -o general_local.pp && semodule -v -i general_local.pp

Should you run daemons as unconfined_t? Of course not. But it’s different than running it as initrc_t.



  1. ObjectClassesPerms – SELinux Wiki
  2. SELinux Policy Concepts and Overview: Security Policy Development Primer for Security Enhanced Linux
  3. Writing a targeted policy module for SELinux (howto tutorial slides)
  4. PackagingDrafts/SELinux – Fedora Project Wiki#Creating_new_types
  5. HowTos/SELinux – CentOS Wiki
  6. Logrotate, audit.log, selinux, cron, and ansible | Knowledge Base


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