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SELinux System Administration. - Second Edition

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SELinux System Administration. - Second Edition

Overview of this book

Do you have the crucial job of protecting your private and company systems from malicious attacks and undefined application behavior? Are you looking to secure your Linux systems with improved access controls? Look no further, intrepid administrator! This book will show you how to enhance your system’s secure state across Linux distributions, helping you keep application vulnerabilities at bay. This book covers the core SELinux concepts and shows you how to leverage SELinux to improve the protection measures of a Linux system. You will learn the SELinux fundamentals and all of SELinux’s configuration handles including conditional policies, constraints, policy types, and audit capabilities. These topics are paired with genuine examples of situations and issues you may come across as an administrator. In addition, you will learn how to further harden the virtualization offering of both libvirt (sVirt) and Docker through SELinux. By the end of the book you will know how SELinux works and how you can tune it to meet your needs.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
SELinux System Administration - Second Edition
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
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Preface

User-oriented SELinux contexts


Once logged in to a system, our user will run inside a certain context. This user context defines the rights and privileges that we, as a user, have on the system. The command to obtain current user information, id, also supports SELinux context information:

$ id -Z
unconfined_u:unconfined_r:unconfined_t

On SELinux systems with a targeted policy type, chances are very high that all users are logged in as unconfined_u (the first part of the context). On more restricted systems, the user can be user_u (regular restricted users), staff_u (operators), sysadm_u (system administrators), or any of the other SELinux user types.

The SELinux user defines the roles that the user can switch to. SELinux roles define the application domains that the user can use. By default, a fixed number of SELinux users are available on the system, but administrators can create additional SELinux users. It is also the administrator's task to assign Linux logins to SELinux users.

SELinux...