user_contexts — The SELinux user contexts configuration files


These optional user context configuration files contain entries that allow SELinux-aware login applications such as PAM(8) (running in their own process context), to determine the context that a users login session should run under.

SELinux-aware login applications generally use one or more of the following libselinux functions that read these files from the active policy path:

There can be one file for each SELinux user configured on the system. The file  path is formed using the path returned by selinux_user_contexts_path(3) for the active policy, with the SELinux user name appended, for example:


Where {SELINUXTYPE} is the entry from the selinux configuration file config (see selinux_config(5)).

These files contain context information as described in the File Format section.

File Format

Each line in the user context configuration file consists of the following:

login_process user_login_process



This consists of a role:type[:range] entry that represents the login process context.


This consists of a role:type[:range] entry that represents the user login process context.


# Example for xguest_u at /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/users/xguest_u

system_r:crond_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
system_r:initrc_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
system_r:local_login_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
system_r:remote_login_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
system_r:sshd_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
system_r:xdm_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0
xguest_r:xguest_t:s0 xguest_r:xguest_t:s0

See Also

selinux(8), selinux_user_contexts_path(3), PAM(8), get_ordered_context_list(3), get_ordered_context_list_with_level(3), get_default_context_with_level(3), get_default_context_with_role(3), get_default_context_with_rolelevel(3), query_user_context(3), manual_user_enter_context(3), selinux_config(5)


28-Nov-2011 Security Enhanced Linux SELinux configuration