Securing your containers using SELinux

This page shows you how to secure your containers by enabling SELinux. SELinux is supported for RHEL and CentOS. If your host machines are running RHEL or CentOS and you want to enable SELinux, you must enable SELinux in all of your host machines before installing or upgrading GKE on Bare Metal.

Check if SELinux is enabled

SELinux is enabled on RHEL and CentOS by default. To verify, run:

$ getenforce

The command returns either Enforcing, Permissive, or Disabled. If the command returns Enforcing, then you can proceed with upgrading or creating your clusters.

Enable SELinux

If the getenforce command returns Permissive, you can switch to Enforcing mode using the setenforce command. Toggling between Permissive and Enforcing mode using setenforce doesn't require a system reboot. However, if you want the changes to be persistent across reboots, you must update the /etc/selinux/config file.

To switch to Enforcing mode, run:

$ sudo setenforce 1 # temporary
$ sudo sed -i 's/SELINUX=permissive/SELINUX=enforcing/g' /etc/selinux/config # persistent - after reboot

If SELinux is Disabled, to enable it, we recommend to first enable it in Permissive mode first and reboot the system to verify that the system boots successfully. If there are no SELinux errors, then you can safely switch SELinux to Enforcing mode.

  1. Optional: Enable SELinux in Permissive mode:

    $ sudo sed -i 's/SELINUX=disabled/SELINUX=permissive/g' /etc/selinux/config
    $ sudo reboot
  2. If the system reboots successfully with no SELinux errors, then you can enable Enforcing mode:

    $ sudo sed -i 's/SELINUX=disabled/SELINUX=enforcing/g' /etc/selinux/config
    $ sudo reboot

Once SELinux is enabled in Enforcing mode, you can proceed with upgrading or installing GKE on Bare Metal.