Troubleshooting SELinux easily

On Fedora use dnf instead of yum

yum install setroubleshoot setroubleshoot-server
systemctl restart auditd.service

Then run journalctl -b -0 while attempting access to the ressource that is being blocked by SELinux.

Run sealert as advised in the logs.

Troubleshooting with GUI

Get an overview of SELinux status, booleans, file labels, user mapping, users, network ports, policy module and process domains in one interface.

On your server install those (this will install about 170MB of stuff):

yum install xorg-x11-xauth bitmap-fixed-fonts policycoreutils-gui

From your workstation:

ssh -Y to the server and run system-config-selinux

Enabling SELinux on a system that had it disabled

Set SELINUX=permissive in /etc/sysconfig/selinux

Run touch /.autorelabel


Set SELINUX=enforcing in /etc/sysconfig/selinux


Set and get SELinux status

setenforce 0|1

Listing applied context

Contexts are applied to files, ports, processes, etc.

ls -Z  
netstat -Z  
id -Z  
ps -Z

Change context

chcon -t context /var/www/html/index.html

Using the context of directory to index.html:

chcon --reference /var/www/html /var/www/html/index.html

Getting SELinux booleans

getsebool -a

Setting SELinux booleans

setsebool -P httpd_enable_homedirs 1

1 = persist