I essentially have two questions here. First, I have a file that
needs the context changed and I don't have a clear understanding of the
proper syntax that should be used. Second, after doing some additional
reading through the SELinux manual and some Google searching, I realized
that I may be taking the wrong approach with this file. Then I ran
across Dan Walsh's blog dated April 23, 2013 (Subject: What is the
differences between user_home_dir_t and user_home_t) and realize that I
am likely not doing something the appropriate way. So I am looking for
someone to educate me on my error, the risks involved, and the proper
approach I should be using.
The issue: I have two shell files run by cron that rsync our file
server directories to two backup servers, one on-site (Bison) and one
off-site. The on-site cron has worked fine for years. I just setup the
off-site cron and it is blocked by SELinux. Looking at the context of
the files, the one that works is listed as system_u, while the one that
fails is listed as unconfined_u. So my first question is, what is the
proper syntax for changing the context of the second file so that it
matches the first one.
[root@sequoia home]# pwd
[root@sequoia home]# ls -lZ | grep RsyncS
-rwxr--r--. root root system_u:object_r:home_root_t:s0
-rwxr--r--. root root unconfined_u:object_r:home_root_t:s0
Looking from a wider perspective, I have these shell files located in
/home. I am speculating now that for my objective, this might not be
the appropriate location for them, and is probably why SELinux is
blocking the new one I created for the off-site backup. So my second
question is more philosophical regarding what should be the location for
a shell file that is used by cron to rsync our files to a backup server.
Thanks, and please cc me directly as I only receive the daily
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