SELINUX context continuously reset on /etc/group

Solution In Progress - Updated -


  • OpenShift Enterprise 2.1


  • We've noticed a disturbing pattern w/ regard to the SELINUX context and /etc/group. It appears that it continuously gets reset and we're trying to determine if this is someting in our environment
    • Essentially, on the nodes occasionally (once a week or every other week / once a month, too infrequent to measure)... we need to re-run restorecon /etc/group. Essentially this locks out creation of new gears until SELINUX is restored to /etc/group.
Could not create application eapptest
Could not request https://BROKER.DOMAIN/broker/rest/domain/dmn/applications?include=cartridges: ERROR: unable to create user group(10): groupadd -g 34718 GEAR_UUID stdout:  stderr: groupadd: cannot open /etc/group

Root Cause

  • Normal context:
-rw-r--r--. root root system_u:object_r:etc_t:s0 /etc/group
  • Broken context:
-rw-r--r--. root root system_u:object_r:etc_runtime_t:s0 /etc/group
- it changes /etc/group so that **etc_t** is actually **etc_runtime_t**.

Diagnostic Steps

  • Set up an Auditd rule to watch for a change and then us ausearch to determine what is making the change.
# auditctl -w /etc/group -p rwxa -k watch_group
# ausearch -if /var/log/audit/audit.log -k watch_group -sc setxattr

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