[DSE-Dev] Bug#849787: mcstrans: Running mcstrans triggers 849748 and is the most serious SE Linux problem

Russell Coker russell at coker.com.au
Sat Dec 31 01:52:44 UTC 2016

Package: mcstrans
Version: 2.6-2
Severity: critical
Tags: upstream
Justification: breaks unrelated software

While mcstrans has no problems for what it does, it triggers bad interactions
between systemd, dbus, and SE Linux.  I don't think it is possible to properly
solve these issues before the sid is frozen.  Therefore I think that mcstrans
should be removed from testing and not offered for installation in the next
stable release.

At this time this is the most serious problem we have with SE Linux in Debian.

As an aside by default Fedora doesn't run mcstrans.  I don't know whether it's
for the same reason, but in any case Fedora users are surviving well enough
without it.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.8.0-2-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages mcstrans depends on:
ii  init-system-helpers  1.46
ii  libc6                2.24-8
ii  libcap2              1:2.25-1
ii  libpcre3             2:8.39-2
ii  libselinux1          2.6-3
ii  lsb-base             9.20161125
ii  selinux-utils        2.6-3

mcstrans recommends no packages.

mcstrans suggests no packages.

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