Re: How best get rid of SELinux?

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On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 00:34 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Thursday 20 September 2007, David Boles wrote:
> >on 9/20/2007 11:30 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >> On Thursday 20 September 2007, Beartooth wrote:
> >>> 	I keep it set to -- supposedly -- NON-enforcing, because of the
> >>> warning in the installer against eliminating it; but it keeps making all
> >>> kinds of trouble, anyway. Can I just command "yum remove selinux"?
> >>
> >> No, but it can be disabled by only one method I know of, the kernels
> >> command line in grub.conf.
> >>
> >> Append to it: selinux=0
> >> and reboot.
> >
> >This way is, IMO, the crude way to do this. Turn SELinux off, if you chose
> >to do so, in the SELinux configuration file.
> >
> >/etc/selinux/config
> >
> >change SELINUX=enforcing
> >
> >to SELINUX=disabled
> >
> >When you eventually update to a newer version of Fedora there will be
> >better configuration GUIs available for you.
> Rahul, Stephen Smalley and I went round and round over this several months 
> ago, and I frankly don't care what you put in whatever /etc/sysconfig file, 
> and there have been at least 3 named here in the last 72 hours, if you really 
> want to disable it AND use the machine for something other than a training 
> exercise in writing selinux rules from scratch, and figuring out how to 
> protect them from yum/smart update activities, you WILL use the "crude" way 
> because its the only one that actually works.
> With this file in effect:
> [root@coyote ~]# grep SELINUX /etc/sysconfig/*
> /etc/sysconfig/selinux:# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
> /etc/sysconfig/selinux:SELINUX=disabled
> /etc/sysconfig/selinux:# SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values 
> are:
> /etc/sysconfig/selinux:SELINUXTYPE=targeted
> cups was denied access to my usb printer.
> heyu was denied access to /dev/ttyUSB0 and the cm11a on the other side of a 
> usb-seriel adaptor.  It was also denied access to a regular serial port when 
> the cm11a was hooked up to one of the 2 very precious serial ports on this 
> box.
> bulldog, the monitor for belkin ups's, was denied access to both the serial 
> port and the usb port to talk to the ups.
> There were probably more noshows on this busy machine, but by then I was ready 
> to switch distro's to something that didn't cross-breed with selinux.  Steven 
> suggested I try the grub command I've quoted here, and magically everything 
> started working once I'd undone the configuration messes I'd made trying to 
> make it work when it had been working very well for FC2.
> So don't try and tell _me_ the above settings in /etc/sysconfig/selinux should 
> be all that's required.  That information has already been through the bovine 
> digestive tract once, and should be treated as such, chopped up, and spread 
> on a cornfield and plowed back in cuz that is all its good for.
> Worse yet, its being spewed by people who have a image of being authoritative 
> about it when by my personal testing, its an outright lie.
> What the hell IS the agenda with selinux anyway?  Is it something M$ funded to 
> make linux less appealing to the joe sixpack users?  Is it a backdoor that 
> NSA conned RedHat into adding?  I only know two things about it for sure, and 
> that's that it is a Pain In The Ass, and that the sample grub command option 
> selinux=0 works.
first of all, /etc/sysconfig/selinux is just a symbolic link
to /etc/selinux/config

Secondly, the easy method to shut it off is simply
system-config-security. You don't have to use it if you choose not to -
it's your prerogative. It's just an additional layer of security.

Lastly, just because you showed little ability to learn the new tools to
live peaceably with software that is ignorant of the security
implications of an important tool set for security, doesn't make it bad.
There are a lot of things that you do on a computer that I would surely
not recommend to others - such as this suggestion to append selinux=0 to
the kernel boot line as opposed to setting selinux as disabled (and
there have been others as you know).

As for Rahul, Steve Smalley and you going around on an issue...I would
take their side every time, without the slightest bit of hesitation.


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