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As the title says, how do I view the contents of a SELinux policy package? The resulting files end with .pp. I'm running on centos 6, but I guess it's the same way on "all" distros.

For example

    cp /usr/share/selinux/targeted/cobbler.pp.bz2 ~
    bunzip2 cobbler.pp.bz2 
    MAGIC_SELINUX_CMD cobbler.pp
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A SELinux policy module is built by following steps:

  1. generate a set of policy rules: audit2allow
  2. compile: checkmodule
  3. build: semodule_package

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/SELinux

Assuming that I have a postgreylocal.te file with belows content:

module postgreylocal 1.0;
require {
        type postfix_smtpd_t;
        type postfix_spool_t;
        type initrc_t;
        class sock_file write;
        class unix_stream_socket connectto;
}
#============= postfix_smtpd_t ==============
allow postfix_smtpd_t initrc_t:unix_stream_socket connectto;
allow postfix_smtpd_t postfix_spool_t:sock_file write; 

postgreylocal.pp policy module will be created with:

# checkmodule -M -m -o postgreylocal.mod postgreylocal.te
# semodule_package -m postgreylocal.mod -o postgreylocal.pp 

To unpack this policy module, you need a tool which is called semodule_unpackage to extract the .mod file and then use dismod to disassemble the binary module to textual representation.

On my Gentoo, the following packages need to be installed:

[I] sys-apps/policycoreutils
     Available versions:  [M]2.0.82 [M](~)2.0.82-r1 [M](~)2.0.85 [M](~)2.1.0 {M}(~)2.1.0-r1
     Installed versions:  2.1.0-r1(05:12:27 PM 10/14/2011)
     Homepage:            http://userspace.selinuxproject.org
     Description:         SELinux core utilities

[I] sys-apps/checkpolicy
     Available versions:  [M]2.0.21 [M](~)2.0.23 {M}(~)2.1.0 {debug}
     Installed versions:  2.1.0(01:27:53 PM 10/14/2011)(-debug)
     Homepage:            http://userspace.selinuxproject.org
     Description:         SELinux policy compiler

[I] sys-libs/libsepol
     Available versions:  [M]2.0.41!t [M](~)2.0.42!t {M}(~)2.1.0!t
     Installed versions:  2.1.0!t(01:25:43 PM 10/14/2011)
     Homepage:            http://userspace.selinuxproject.org
     Description:         SELinux binary policy representation library

Firstly, extract the module from .pp file:

# echo "/usr/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/sepol.conf
# gcc -lsepol -o semodule_unpackage semodule_unpackage.c
# ./semodule_unpackage postgreylocal.pp postgreylocal.mod

and secondly, disassemble with dismod:

# cd checkpolicy-2.1.0/test/
# ls
dismod.c  dispol.c  Makefile
# make
cc -g -Wall -O2 -pipe -I/usr/include   -c -o dispol.o dispol.c
dispol.c: In function ‘main’:
dispol.c:438:8: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
dispol.c:465:9: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
dispol.c:476:9: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
dispol.c:500:9: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
cc   dispol.o  -lfl -lsepol -lselinux /usr/lib/libsepol.a -L/usr/lib -o dispol
cc -g -Wall -O2 -pipe -I/usr/include   -c -o dismod.o dismod.c
dismod.c: In function ‘main’:
dismod.c:913:8: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
dismod.c:982:9: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
dismod.c: In function ‘link_module’:
dismod.c:787:7: warning: ignoring return value of ‘fgets’, declared with attribute warn_unused_result
cc   dismod.o  -lfl -lsepol -lselinux /usr/lib/libsepol.a -L/usr/lib -o dismod
# ls
dismod  dismod.c  dismod.o  dispol  dispol.c  dispol.o  Makefile

./dismod postgreylocal.pp
Reading policy...
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security:  0 users, 1 roles, 3 types, 0 bools
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security: 0 sens, 0 cats
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security:  2 classes, 0 rules, 0 cond rules
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security:  0 users, 1 roles, 3 types, 0 bools
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security: 0 sens, 0 cats
libsepol.policydb_index_others: security:  2 classes, 0 rules, 0 cond rules
Binary policy module file loaded.
Module name: postgreylocal
Module version: 1.0


Select a command:
1)  display unconditional AVTAB
2)  display conditional AVTAB
3)  display users
4)  display bools
5)  display roles
6)  display types, attributes, and aliases
7)  display role transitions
8)  display role allows
9)  Display policycon
0)  Display initial SIDs

a)  Display avrule requirements
b)  Display avrule declarations
c)  Display policy capabilities
l)  Link in a module
u)  Display the unknown handling setting
F)  Display filename_trans rules

f)  set output file
m)  display menu
q)  quit

Command ('m' for menu):  1
unconditional avtab:
--- begin avrule block ---
decl 1:
  allow [postfix_smtpd_t] [initrc_t] : [unix_stream_socket] { connectto };
  allow [postfix_smtpd_t] [postfix_spool_t] : [sock_file] { write };

Command ('m' for menu):  a
avrule block requirements:
--- begin avrule block ---
decl 1:
commons: <empty>
classes: sock_file{  write } unix_stream_socket{  connectto }
roles  : <empty>
types  : postfix_smtpd_t postfix_spool_t initrc_t
users  : <empty>
bools  : <empty>
levels : <empty>
cats   : <empty>

Command ('m' for menu):  
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fyi, on Fedora (17) it is sedismod. It is already available along with checkpolicy and semodule_unpack with the default installation. Btw, via semodule_unpackage foo.pp foo.mod foo.fc you can also extract the filecontexts file. –  maxschlepzig Jun 17 '12 at 9:46

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