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What: /sys/fs/selinux/disable
Date: April 2005 (predates git)
KernelVersion: 2.6.12-rc2 (predates git)
The selinuxfs "disable" node allows SELinux to be disabled at runtime
prior to a policy being loaded into the kernel. If disabled via this
mechanism, SELinux will remain disabled until the system is rebooted.
The preferred method of disabling SELinux is via the "selinux=0" boot
parameter, but the selinuxfs "disable" node was created to make it
easier for systems with primitive bootloaders that did not allow for
easy modification of the kernel command line. Unfortunately, allowing
for SELinux to be disabled at runtime makes it difficult to secure the
kernel's LSM hooks using the "__ro_after_init" feature.
Thankfully, the need for the SELinux runtime disable appears to be
gone, the default Kconfig configuration disables this selinuxfs node,
and only one of the major distributions, Fedora, supports disabling
SELinux at runtime. Fedora is in the process of removing the
selinuxfs "disable" node and once that is complete we will start the
slow process of removing this code from the kernel.
More information on /sys/fs/selinux/disable can be found under the