45.2.9. Specifying the Security Context of Entire File Systems

45.2.9. Specifying the Security Context of Entire File Systems

You can use the mount -o context= command to set a single context for an entire file system. This might be a file system that is already mounted and that supports xattrs, or a network file system that obtains a genfs label such as cifs_t or nfs_t.

For example, if you need the Apache HTTP Server to read from a mounted directory or loopback file system, you need to set the type to httpd_sys_content_t:

mount -t nfs -o context=system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t \
	server1.example.com:/shared/scripts /var/www/cgi


When troubleshooting httpd and SELinux problems, reduce the complexity of your situation. For example, if you have the file system mounted at /mnt and then symbolically linked to /var/www/html/foo, you have two security contexts to be concerned with. Because one security context is of the object class file and the other of type lnk_file, they are treated differently by the policy and unexpected behavior may occur.

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