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What is the value of SELinux for me?

asked 2019-01-11 09:29:37 -0500

revolucion09 gravatar image


I am a software developer. I started using Docker some time ago and found out SELinux was getting in my way in order to let Docker create image files in the system, etc.

I ended up disabling it, but after a few thoughts I was considering whether this was a good idea or not.

As a normal, desktop home user, is it of any of use? does it protect me from something? what do I miss without it? why is it a default service?


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answered 2019-01-11 12:25:01 -0500

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Selinux is an additional layer of security and can potentially help mitigate exploits and intrusions, which unfortunately seem to be on the uprise.

I suppose the benefits depend on the value of your data and the nature of the intruder. Even if you do not have anything you feel is of value, intruders can make use of your machine.

As you are asking here I advise you learn how to manage selinux.


I do not know about selinux and docker, perhaps wait for someone with experience and / or file a bug report.

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I guess I need to understand it better then and learn. Enabling it right now after being disabled for a few months stops my fedora from logging in into any user at boot.

revolucion09 gravatar imagerevolucion09 ( 2019-01-11 19:20:43 -0500 )edit

@revolucion09 As you mentioned you are normal desktop user it depends on your requirements if it is in your need then go for it.

duckfern gravatar imageduckfern ( 2019-01-12 05:43:56 -0500 )edit

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