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selinux_policy (42) Versions 0.5.0

Manages SELinux policy components

cookbook 'selinux_policy', '= 0.5.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'selinux_policy', '= 0.5.0'
knife supermarket install selinux_policy
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SELinux Policy Cookbook

This cookbbok can be used to manage SELinux policies and components (rather than just enable / disable enforcing).

I made it because I needed some SELinux settings done, and the executes started to look annoying.


Needs an SELinux policy active (so its values can be managed). Can work with a disabled SELinux system (see attribute allow_disabled), which will generate warnings and do nothing (but won't break the run).

Also requires SELinux's management tools, namely semanage, setsebool and getsebool.
Tools are installed by the selinux_policy::install recipe (for RHEL/Debian and the like).


These attributes affect the way all of the LWRPs are behaving.

  • node['selinux_policy']['allow_disabled'] - Whether to allow runs when SELinux is disabled. Will generate warnings, but the run won't fail. Defaults totrue, set tofalse` if you don't have any machines with disabled SELinux.


This cookbook's functionality is exposed via resources, so it should be called from a wrapper cookbook.
Remember to add depends 'selinux_policy' to your metadata.rb.


Represents an SELinux boolean.
You can either set it, meaning it will be changed without persistence (it will revert to default in the next reboot), or setpersist it (default action), so it'll keep it value after rebooting.

Using setpersist requires an active policy (so that the new value can be saved somewhere).


  • name: boolean's name. Defaults to resource name.
  • value: Its new value (true/false).
  • force: Use setsebool even if the current value agrees with the requested one.

Example usage:

selinux_policy_boolean 'httpd_can_network_connect' do
    value true
    # Make sure nginx is started if this value was modified
    notifies :start,'service[nginx]', :immediate

Note: Due to ruby interperting 0 as true, using value 0 is unwise.


Allows assigning a network port to a certain SELinux context.

As explained here, it can be useful for running Apache on a non-standard port.


  • addormodify (default): Assigns the port to the right context, whether it's already listed another context or not at all.
  • add: Assigns the port to the right context it's if not listed (only uses -a).
  • modify: Changes the port's context if it's already listed (only uses -m).
  • delete: Removes the port's context if it's listed (uses -d).


  • port: The port in question, defaults to resource name.
  • protocol: tcp/udp.
  • secontext: The SELinux context to assign the port to. Uneeded when using delete.

Example usage:

# Allow nginx to bind to port 5678, by giving it the http_port_t context
selinux_policy_port '5678' do
    protocol 'tcp'
    secontext 'http_port_t'


Manages SEModules


  • deploy (default): Compiles a module from it's te file and deploys it. Deploys only when one of the following is true:
    • The module isn't currently present
    • force is enabled
    • The policy file has changed
  • remove: Removes a module

Example usage:

# Allow openvpn to write/delete in '/etc/openvpn'
selinux_policy_module 'openvpn-googleauthenticator' do
  content '
module dy-openvpn-googleauthenticator 1.0;

require {
    type openvpn_t;
    type openvpn_etc_t;
    class file { write unlink };

#============= openvpn_t ==============
allow openvpn_t openvpn_etc_t:file { write unlink };
  action :deploy


Allows some types to misbehave without stopping them.

Not as good as specific policies, but better than disabling SELinux entirely.


  • add: Adds a permissive, unless it's already added
  • delete: Deletes a permissive if it's listed

Example usage:

# Disable enforcement on Nginx
# As described on

selinux_policy_permissive 'nginx' do
  notifies :restart, 'service[nginx]'


The generic method seems fine to me:

  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write your change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request using Github

License and Authors

Licensed GPL v2

Author: Nitzan Raz (backslasher)

I'll be happy to accept contributions or to hear from you!

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selinuxpolicy CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the selinuxpolicy cookbook.


  • [backslasher] - Added RHEL5/derivatives support. Thanks to @knightorc. Cookbook will break on RHEL7. If anyone expiriences this, please check required packages and create an issue/PR
  • [backslasher] - Machines without SELinux are (opionally) supported. Thanks to @knightroc.


  • [backlasher] - Fixed foodcritic errors


  • [backlasher] - Fixed install.rb syntax. Now it actually works


  • [backlasher] - Added module resource. Currently supports deployment and removal (because that's what I need)
  • [backlasher] - Added permissive resource


  • [backlasher] - Initial release of selinuxpolicy

Foodcritic Metric

0.5.0 failed this metric

FC023: Prefer conditional attributes: /tmp/cook/fb9355f6ce7e949679bb0c16/selinux_policy/providers/port.rb:29