OS upgrade from RHEL 7.5 to 7.6 prevents Nagios nrpe checks from running

Solution Unverified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6
  • nagios or nrpe
  • selinux-policy-targeted-3.13.1-229.el7_6.5.noarch
  • sudo-1.8.23-3.el7.x86_64


  • nrpe checks in Nagios using sudo stopped working after update to RHEL 7.6
  • nrpe plugin can not execute commands via sudo anymore


Bug 1653309 is tracking the fix release for RHEL 7.7
Bug 1692893 is tracking the fix release for RHEL 7.6.Z Stream.

As a workaround, a local SELinux policy can be created:

  # cat > nagios-sudo.cil << EOF
(allow systemd_logind_t nrpe_t (dbus (send_msg)))
(allow nrpe_t systemd_logind_t (dbus (send_msg)))
(allow nrpe_t systemd_logind_t (process (getattr)))
(allow systemd_logind_t nagios_unconfined_plugin_t (dbus (send_msg)))

  # semodule -i nagios-sudo.cil

The list of rules necessary to work around the issue temporarily is dependent on the current system setup and on modules which are used.

Root Cause

The regression is a result of sudo rebase in RHEL 7.6, see the sudo skips PAM account module in case NOPASSWD is used in sudoers bugzilla for more details. The denial is triggered when the nagios plugin uses sudo with NOPASSWD option.

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Really annoying bug indeed. Even setting the (new) seboolean to nagios_run_sudo does not fix it. I can confirm it is only when using NOPASSWD in sudo config.