problem using sshd inside a LXC container

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Tue Oct 25 14:28:17 EST 2011

On 24/10/11 10:38 PM, Hans Harder wrote:
> Currently I have a RH6.1 host with selinux enabled
> On this I am running a LXC container with ubuntu (without selinux) with
> OpenSSH_5.3p1 Debian-3ubuntu4, OpenSSL 0.9.8k 25 Mar 2009
> Now I assume I have a problem because inside the container selinux is
> disabled...
> If so, is there a way to tell the sshd inside the container to ignore
> the selinux check....

sshd has no knobs for this.  The code in openbsd-compat/port-linux.c 
looks roughly like this (assuming it's not been changed by debian or 

	r = get_default_context(sename, NULL, &sc);
	if (r != 0) {
		switch (security_getenforce()) {
		case -1:
			fatal("%s: ssh_selinux_getctxbyname: "
			    "security_getenforce() failed", __func__);

so if you could get get_default_context() to return zero then it won't 
fatal out, but I don't know enough selinux and/or lxc to know if that's 
possible.  Failing that, you'd probably have to hack sshd.

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