Headsup: Xorg is broken in F-22 when used with fips or /etc/system-fips

Tomas Mraz tmraz at redhat.com
Tue Feb 24 17:02:07 UTC 2015

On Út, 2015-02-24 at 10:42 +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
> Hi all,
> Debugging this took me ages, so I thought I would share this with you,
> with the new gdm on wayland landed in F-22 recently Xorg gets started
> as a regular user.
> This is a good thing as we want to move to Xorg running as a regular user,
> but we're not 100% there yet, so currently Xorg is still suid-root, and
> needs those root rights to function properly.
> But when fips is enabled either on the kernel commandline or a /etc/system-fips
> file exists one of the libraries X is using is dropping the root rights at
> early library init and things fail.
> So if X is not working for you all of a sudden, make sure you do not have
> fips enabled on the kernel commandline, and remove any /etc/system-fips
> file you may have.

This is unintended side-effect of running the FIPS selftest in the
libgcrypt constructor, we need to fix that. Please open a new bug
against libgcrypt so the bug fix is tracked.

Tomas Mraz
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