Host Security Settings Conflicts with KIWI



This page provides further information how to solve image build problems caused by selinux security policies.

Linux systems are protected against write/read or other operations depending on the application which wants to access or modify data. The rules for this protection are provided in security policies. There are several applications enforcing these security settings, e.g apparmor or selinux. In this troubleshooting chapter the focus is set on selinux

Protecting files, process groups, kernel filesystems, device nodes and more from unauthorized access and restrict it to a certain set of applications is a nice concept. However, if taken serious no other application except the ones configured in the security policy will function properly.

When building an appliance, the appliance builder has to have access to a wide range of services. It must be able to create a new package database elsewhere in the system. It must be able to create, read and write device nodes, create filesystems, partitions, bootloader configurations etc etc. The list is very long and no security policy could cover this in a way that it would not be open to everything which in the end leads to a pointless exercise and no security at all.

This means for users who would like to keep the security settings of the system enforced and unchanged, the only way to allow KIWI NG to do its job is to run it through boxbuild as explained in Building in a Self-Contained Environment

For users who can afford to open the system security policy, the following procedure will make KIWI NG to work:

sudo setenforce 0

This action disables selinux temporary. To disable selinux permanently perform the following steps:

  1. Open the SELinux configuration file: /etc/selinux/config

  2. Locate the following line: SELINUX=enforcing

  3. Change the value to disabled:

  4. On the next reboot, SELinux is permanently disabled.


similar instructions applies to other application security subsystems like apparmor. Due to the complexity of these systems this article just mentions the most common issue people run into when building images on systems protected through selinux.