On Feb 12, 2014, at 3:20 PM, Rob Crittenden <rcrit...@redhat.com> wrote:

> Josh wrote:
>> On Feb 11, 2014, at 2:52 PM, Rob Crittenden <rcrit...@redhat.com> wrote:
>>> Josh wrote:
>>>> On Feb 11, 2014, at 2:44 PM, Rob Crittenden <rcrit...@redhat.com
>>>> <mailto:rcrit...@redhat.com>> wrote:
>>>>> Josh wrote:
>>>>>> I have a situation where I need to support more than 1024 categories
>>>>>> on a system.  I modified the selinuxusermap.py file to check for the
>>>>>> number of categories I need but ipa still responds with the original
>>>>>> error message.  Do I need to restart any of the services?
>>>>>> Here is the command that was run and the output after applying the
>>>>>> patch below:
>>>>>> ipa config-mod
>>>>>> --ipaselinuxusermaporder='guest_u:s0$xguest_u:s0$user_u:s0$staff_u:s0-s15:c0.c16383$resadm_u:s0-s15:c0.c16383$ia_u:s0-s15:c0.c16383'
>>>>>> ipa: ERROR: invalid 'ipaselinuxusermaporder': SELinux user
>>>>>> 'staff_u:s0-s15:c0.c16383' is not valid: Invalid MCS value, must
>>>>>> match c[0-1023].c[0-1023] and/or c[0-1023]-c[0-c0123]
>>>>> Have you updated your SELinux policy to support a larger MCS range? If
>>>>> not then this will get you past the IPA validator but it won't work
>>>>> with SELinux. See semanage(8).
>>>>> rob
>>>> Yes.  I’m trying to set the SELinux categories in freeipa because when
>>>> you have lots of categories all semanage commands slow down (way down).
>>>>  For other people’s knowledge, this requires recompilation of the
>>>> SELinux policy.
>>> Ok, then your patch looks reasonable. The current code is for the default 
>>> values and we haven't had cause to make this configurable before now. You 
>>> might consider filing a ticket in our trac about this.
>> As it is for a very unique situation which most people won’t encounter I 
>> don’t think it’s worth making configurable.
>>> Also note that this change will be lost on your next IPA upgrade, and 
>>> you'll need to make this change on any IPA master you want these values to 
>>> be managed. The data will remain unchanged, but the original python values 
>>> will be restored if you update the packages.
>> I’m ok with that because the values only need to be set during initial 
>> setup.  Any idea why the validator isn’t being modified?
>>> I don't believe validators are currently extensible in the IPA framework. 
>>> That might be something we need to look at as well.
>>> regards
>>> rob
>> Thanks for the help.
> Sure. I'm glad we made at least obvious enough for you to be able to work 
> around.
> So I'm just curious about the need for this. You mentioned that semanage 
> slows way down. Have you talked to the SELinux team about this? They've been 
> quite responsive to our needs in the past, they may be able to fix something 
> for you as well.

I’m not sure if my coworker has talked to them about it directly, no.  I’ll 
ping him to see if it’s something we want to get worked on moving forward.
> On a more general note, we haven't had a lot of user feedback on the SELinux 
> user map feature. Do you have any other suggestions on things we might do to 
> improve it?

Nothing directly but I can describe how we’re using it and where some of the 
perceived pain points are.  Their impact is negligible though so we haven’t 
felt the need to investigate better ways to work around them.

We’ve got a network of systems running both targeted and MLS SELinux policy.  
What this means is that we must define both valid selinux context is the user 
map.  I.e. we define both staff_u:s0-s0:c0.c1023 and staff_u:s0-s15:c0.c1023 in 
the user map.  We then use host groups and multiple user maps to map 
appropriately.  Our commands might be easier to understand:

ipa config-mod 
ipa hostgroup-add mls --desc="MLS SELinux Group”
ipa hostgroup-add-member mls --hosts=mlshost1,mlshost2
ipa hostgroup-add targeted --desc="Targeted SELinux Group”
ipa hostgroup-add-member targeted --hosts=appsrv1,appsrv2
ipa selinuxusermap-add staff_u  --selinuxuser=staff_u:s0-s0:c0.c1023
ipa selinuxusermap-add staff_u_MLS  --selinuxuser=staff_u:s0-s15:c0.c1023
ipa selinuxusermap-add-host staff_u --hostgroups=targeted
ipa selinuxusermap-add-host staff_u_MLS --hostgroups=mls
ipa selinuxusermap-add-user staff_u --groups=wheel
ipa selinuxusermap-add-user staff_u_MLS --groups=wheel

It might be more straightforward if we didn’t have to split the configuration 
like this but thanks to the flexibility of FreeIPA it’s very easy to do.

> thanks
> rob

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