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[Qemu-devel] QEMU fstatfs(2) and libvirt SELinux policy

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Subject: [Qemu-devel] QEMU fstatfs(2) and libvirt SELinux policy
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:32:47 +0000

I have a question about the libvirt SELinux policy that can be applied
to QEMU processes.  Yesterday Laine helped Khoa and me diagnose an
issue where QEMU was doing fstatfs(2) but SELinux prevented this
FILESYSTEM__GETATTR operation, resulting in a failed syscall with
-EACCES.  The SELinux hook is:

        return superblock_has_perm(cred, dentry->d_sb,

It turns out this problem also affects XFS discard support in QEMU
today.  QEMU calls platform_test_xfs_fd() in libxfs, which works like

static __inline__ int platform_test_xfs_fd(int fd)
        struct statfs buf;
        if (fstatfs(fd, &buf) < 0)
                return 0;
        return (buf.f_type == 0x58465342);      /* XFSB */

In other words, XFS detection will fail when SELinux is enabled.

I'm not familiar with libvirt's use of SELinux.  Can someone explain
if we need to expand the policy in libvirt and how to do that?


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