Cannot execute mdadm when policy is MLS

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4
  • selinux-policy-mls-3.13.1-166.el7_4.7.noarch


Command /sbin/mdadm is not executable by sysadm_t in our policy. There is an SELINUX_ERR record in audit.log:

type=SYSCALL msg=audit(): arch=c000003e syscall=59 success=no exit=-13 a0=1fff930 a1=1ffbee0 a2=2006110 a3=7ffd72116750 items=0 ppid=2877 pid=2893 auid=0 uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0 egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0 tty=tty2 ses=2 comm="bash" exe="/bin/bash" subj=root:sysadm_r:sysadm_t:s0-s15:c0.c1023 key=(null)
type=SELINUX_ERR msg=audit(): op=security_compute_sid invalid_context=root:sysadm_r:mdadm_t:s0-s15:c0.c1023 scontext=root:sysadm_r:sysadm_t:s0-s15:c0.c1023 tcontext=system_u:object_r:mdadm_exec_t:s0 tclass=process

I do not see a role sysadm_r types mdadm_t in our policy.


  • Update to selinux-policy-3.13.1-229.el7 shipped with Advisory RHBA-2018:3111 or newer.

Root Cause

  • Previously transition from sysadm role into mdadm_t domain wasn't allowed. With the fix execution of mdadm command doesn't fail in MLS policy.

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