findcon(1) findcon(1)

NAME findcon - SELinux file context search tool


DESCRIPTION findcon allows the user to search for files with a specified context. Results can be filtered by object class as described below.

FCLIST The findcon tool operates upon a file context list source. There are three valid file context lists.

directory If FCLIST is a name of a directory then begin the search at that directory and recurse within it. Be sure there are no circular mounts within it.

file_contexts If FCLIST is the name of a file_contexts file (e.g., /etc/selinux/strict/contexts/files/file_contexts) then open that file and find matching entries.

database If FCLIST is the name of a database as created by a previous run of indexcon or apol then open the database and execute queries into it.

EXPRESSION The following options allow the user to specify which files to print. A file must meet all specified criteria. If no expression is provided, all files are printed.

-t TYPE, --type=TYPE Search for files with a context containing the type TYPE.

-u USER, --user=USER Search for files with a context containing the user USER.

-r ROLE, --role=ROLE Search for files with a context containing the role ROLE.

-m RANGE, --mls-range=RANGE Search for files with a context with the MLS range of RANGE. Note that findcon ignores the SELinux translation library, if present. In addition, this flag is ignored if the FCLIST has no MLS information.

--context=CONTEXT Search for files matching this partial context. This flag over- rides -t, -u, -r, and -m.

-p PATH, --path=PATH Search for files which include PATH.

-c CLASS, --class=CLASS Search only files of object class CLASS.

OPTIONS The following additional options are available.

-R, --regex Search using regular expressions instead of exact string match- ing. This option does not affect the --class flag.

-h, --help Print help information and exit.

-V, --version Print version information and exit.

PARTIAL CONTEXT The --context flag specifies a partial context, which is a a colon sep- arated list of user, role, and type. If the system supports MLS, the context may have a fourth field that gives the range. If a field is not specified or is the literal asterisk, then the query will always match the field.

OBJECT CLASSES Valid object class strings are

block, char, dir, fifo, file, link, or sock.

NOTE The findcon utility always operates on "raw" SELinux file contexts. If the system has an installed translation library (i.e., libsetrans), those translations are ignored in favor of reading the original con- texts from the filesystem (if FCFILE is a directory).

EXAMPLES findcon . Find every context in the current directory and all of its sub- directories.

findcon -u user_u . Find every context whose user is user_u in the current directory and all subdirectories.

findcon -u system_u -t bin_t file_contexts Find entries user system_u and type bin_t within a file_contexts file, assuming that file_contexts is a file contexts file.

findcon --context=system_u::bin_t file_contexts This is equivalent to the previous example.

findcon --context=system_u:*:bin_t:* file_contexts This is also equivalent to the above example.

AUTHOR This manual page was written by Jeremy A. Mowery <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright(C) 2003-2007 Tresys Technology, LLC

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SEE ALSO replcon(1), indexcon(1)