Login broken with old userspace (was Re: [PATCH v2] selinux: introduce an initial SID for early boot processes)

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Sat Jul 29 18:10:36 AEST 2023

Ondrej Mosnacek <omosnace at redhat.com> writes:
> On Fri, Jul 28, 2023 at 4:12 AM Michael Ellerman <mpe at ellerman.id.au> wrote:
>> Ondrej Mosnacek <omosnace at redhat.com> writes:
>> > Currently, SELinux doesn't allow distinguishing between kernel threads
>> > and userspace processes that are started before the policy is first
>> > loaded - both get the label corresponding to the kernel SID. The only
>> > way a process that persists from early boot can get a meaningful label
>> > is by doing a voluntary dyntransition or re-executing itself.
>> Hi,
>> This commit breaks login for me when booting linux-next kernels with old
>> userspace, specifically Ubuntu 16.04 on ppc64le. 18.04 is OK.
>> The symptom is that login never accepts the root password, it just
>> always says "Login incorrect".
>> Bisect points to this commit.
>> Reverting this commit on top of next-20230726, fixes the problem
>> (ie. login works again).
>> Booting with selinux=0 also fixes the problem.
>> Is this expected? The change log below suggests backward compatibility
>> was considered, is 16.04 just too old?
> Hi Michael,
> I can reproduce it on Fedora 38 when I boot with SELINUX=disabled in
> /etc/selinux/config (+ a kernel including that commit), so it likely
> isn't caused by the userspace being old. Can you check what you have
> in /etc/selinux/config (or if it exists at all)?

Not sure if you still need it, but /etc/selinux/config doesn't exist in
the 16.04 image.


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