Getting Phusion Passenger to run under SELinux on Centos 5.4

Posted by dansketcher on February 25, 2010
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Edit 2010-03-17: Harder than it first seemed! That permission only allows Apache to load Passenger. See here for the full requirements

I’ve just started playing with SELinux on Centos, and while the idea is great, it’s not exactly what I’m used to. Take for example adding Phusion Passenger to Apache. When I first restarted, I got this

[root@localhost modules]# /etc/init.d/httpd restart
Stopping httpd:                                            [FAILED]
Starting httpd: httpd: Syntax error on line 210 of /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf: Syntax error on line 1 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/passenger.conf: Cannot load /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2009.10/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.9/ext/apache2/mod_passenger.so into server: /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2009.10/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.9/ext/apache2/mod_passenger.so: failed to map segment from shared object: Permission denied
                                                           [FAILED]

Huh?

So it turns out after reading through some google results and then subsequently man httpd_selinux that the following will fix it:

chcon -R -h -t httpd_sys_script_exec_t /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.7-2009.10/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.9/ext/apache2/mod_passenger.so

And so it does. “httpd_sys_script_exec_t” allows Apache to execute the SO, and we’re all good to restart.

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