When setting up nginx with a socket on my newer environment that runs SELinux I am getting the following error:

AVC avc:  denied  { write } for  pid=23704 comm="nginx" name="xxx.sock" dev="nvme0n1p1" ino=17219797 scontext=system_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0 tclass=sock_file permissive=0

I googled and searched and found multiple things that should solve this, mainly the following should solve this if I understand correctly:

semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /opt/run/xxx.sock
restorecon -v /opt/run/xxx.sock

But this still doesn't work and I get the same error. I can't find any further solutions and tried with audit2allow which shows the following:

allow httpd_t httpd_sys_content_t:sock_file write;

But when trying to create a module the whole system kind of freezes (and as I need to do this every deploy this is not an option as it is just a too big of a rocket to shoot at this problem :D )

EDIT: When turning of selinux (setenforce 0) it works, so this is an SELinux issue

Using nginx version: 1.24.0 on Amazon Linux 2023 running it from a systemd service using a socket file (which has the issue).

Debugging further is see that I get two different errors depending on what I set. If I set semanage fcontext -m -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /opt/run/xxx.sock I get a { connectto } error in audit.log (same if I do it with the regex (/.*)? after /run

type=AVC msg=audit(1700228218.821:1725): avc:  denied  { connectto } for  pid=15047 comm="nginx" path="/opt/run/xxx.sock" scontext=system_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:system_r:initrc_t:s0 tclass=unix_stream_socket permissive=0

Also tried it with httpd_var_run_t, gives the same result

  • Is this using the repo version of nginx? What distro?
    – symcbean
    Nov 17, 2023 at 9:05
  • I'll edit my question to reflect answers to your question
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 10:00

4 Answers 4


For creating /opt/run/xxx.sock file run the following command in a row.

semanage fcontext -a -t var_run_t -s system_u '/opt/(/.*)?'

restorecon -vF /opt

cd /var

ln -s ../opt opt

semanage fcontext -a -t var_run_t -s system_u opt

Then restart nginx service, This should resolve your issue.


Try running the following command.

chcon -t httpd_var_run_t xxx.sock

If doesn't work, share the output of ls -Z xxx.sock with us.

  • chcon has no output, ls-Z of xxx.sock: system_u:object_r:httpd_var_run_t:s0
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 11:59
  • Wait ls -Z is of course now different than before is used to be httpd_sys_rw_content_t before I did chcon (chcon is I guess a quick way to do semanage -a?) Also it still doesn't work with the error message: type=AVC msg=audit(1700222480.089:6206): avc: denied { connectto } for pid=98135 comm="nginx" path="/var/sockets/xxx.sock" scontext=system_u:system_r:httpd_t:s0 tcontext=system_u:system_r:initrc_t:s0 tclass=unix_stream_socket permissive=0 (I changed the location of the sock file)
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 12:01
  • Audit2allow now shows the following: #============= httpd_t ============== allow httpd_t initrc_t:unix_stream_socket connectto;
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 12:03
  • checkout this will resolve your problem. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/349852/…. Nov 17, 2023 at 12:59
  • No so when I do that I am getting the { connectto } errors (I edited my question to show that more clearly)
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 13:37

Check File Permissions:

Confirm that the file permissions on the socket file allow the Nginx process to write to it.

chmod +w xxx.sock
  • Thanks for the response, but this doesn't have anything to do with file permissions but with SELinux. I'll edit my question to make that more clear
    – Wealot
    Nov 17, 2023 at 9:59

Thanks to all the answers and the help! Eventually I did not get it to work with the current sockets setup, but I got it to work thanks to another post:


The answer in this post shows setting up not with sockets but with HTTP and that works nicely. Just had to set:

setsebool httpd_can_network_connect 1 -P

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