I keep receiving this message from SELinux in a bug report. I am running Fedora 13 and I am learning as I go. What might be causing this?


SELinux is preventing /usr/sbin/semodule access to a leaked /tmp/tmpGTbWYh file

Detailed Description:

[semodule has a permissive type (semanage_t). This access was not denied.]

SELinux denied access requested by the semodule command. It looks like this is
either a leaked descriptor or semodule output was redirected to a file it is not
allowed to access. Leaks usually can be ignored since SELinux is just closing
the  leak and reporting the error. The application does not use the descriptor,
so it will run properly. If this is a redirection, you will not get output in
the /tmp/tmpGTbWYh. You should generate a bugzilla on selinux-policy, and it
will get routed to the appropriate package. You can safely ignore this avc.

Allowing Access:

You can generate a local policy module to allow this access - see FAQ

Additional Information:

Source Context                system_u:system_r:semanage_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023
Target Context                system_u:object_r:initrc_tmp_t:s0
Target Objects                /tmp/tmpGTbWYh [ file ]
Source                        semodule
Source Path                   /usr/sbin/semodule
Port                          <Unknown>
Source RPM Packages           policycoreutils-2.0.83-28.fc13
Target RPM Packages           
Policy RPM                    selinux-policy-3.7.19-62.fc13
Selinux Enabled               True
Policy Type                   targeted
Enforcing Mode                Enforcing
Plugin Name                   leaks
  • It would help to have more context. What program is this bug report about? What are the actions leading to this error message? What is the program doing? Oct 24, 2010 at 22:11
  • I am not sure with what program this is associated. On my home screen, along the top bar, I receive a notification for a bug report. A google search indicates this is a common message associated with a new install or an update. The bug report itself indicates it is not a security issue but I don't know enough to not be concerned with random programs trying to access some files. The attached bug report is all I know. I am sorry I don't know enough to provide more information. Where could I obtain what I should provide?
    – Mipnix
    Oct 24, 2010 at 23:19
  • What's running with that context when you get that error? Run ps -eZ|grep initrc_tmp_t. It might need to be relabeled with the appropriate SELinux attributes.
    – jsbillings
    Feb 23, 2011 at 18:07

2 Answers 2


This probably happened after an update of the system, and as temporary file are usually not needed after a reboot, I'd try to delete the file.

fuser /tmp/tmpGTbWYh 

With this command you see if the file is used by any process and will give you one or more numbers (Process ID, PID).

No numbers it means the process is not used and you can delete safely the file

rm /tmp/tmpGTbWYh

Do the above with a user that have the rights to do it (your user? root?), you can check this with an ls

ls -l /tmp/tmpGTbWYh

If the file is used by any process you can do a ps and filter by each PID you found with the execution of the fuser

ps -ef | grep $PID

You must substitute $PID with numbers found above (with fuser).

At this point you should decide if you can, identify the aplication is using the file and close it if you can, or kill the process (kill $PID), or delete the file anyway (it maybe be risky).

If you have troubles to decide let us know.


Turn off SELinux and you won't get these messages anymore - do you really need this feature on? To turn it off, login as root:

echo 0 > /selinux/enforce

edit this file:

vi /etc/selinux/config

and change the attribute SELINUX to be SELINUX=disabled

  • 5
    Lowering a system's security by disabling SELinux is generally not a good solution to this kind of problem. If anything, I'd change SELINUX=permissive to test the problem, until it's been resolved.
    – jsbillings
    Mar 8, 2011 at 20:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .