rsync_selinux - Security Enhanced Linux Policy for the rsync daemon


Security-Enhanced Linux secures the rsync server via flexible mandatory access control.


SELinux requires files to have an extended attribute to define the file type. Policy governs the access daemons have to these files. If you want to share files using the rsync daemon, you must label the files and directories public_content_t. So if you created a special directory /var/rsync, you would need to label the directory with the chcon tool.

chcon -t public_content_t /var/rsync

If you want to make this permanent, i.e. survive a relabel, you must add an entry to the file_contexts.local file.

/var/rsync(/.*)? system_u:object_r:public_content_t


If you want to share files with multiple domains (Apache, FTP, rsync, Samba), you can set a file context of public_content_t and public_content_rw_t. These context allow any of the above domains to read the content. If you want a particular domain to write to the public_content_rw_t domain, you must set the appropriate boolean. allow_DOMAIN_anon_write. So for rsync you would execute:

setsebool -P allow_rsync_anon_write=1


You can disable SELinux protection for the rsync daemon by executing:

setsebool -P rsync_disable_trans 1
service xinetd restart
system-config-securitylevel is a GUI tool available to customize SELinux policy settings.


This manual page was written by Dan Walsh <>.


selinux(8), rsync(1), chcon(1), setsebool(8)
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