Hamsa K
4 min read | 4 years ago

How to Disable Selinux on Centos 7

How to Disable Selinux on Centos 7

SELinux is a Linux kernel security module that allows administrators and users more control over access controls. It allows access based on SELinux policy rules.

SELinux policy rules specify how processes and users interact with each other as well as how processes and users interact with files.

When you install RHEL/CentOS or several derivatives, the SELinux feature or service is enabled by default, due to this some applications on your system may not actually support this security mechanism. Therefore, to make such applications function normally, you have to disable or turn off SELinux.

SELinux has three modes:

  • Enforcing: SELinux allows access based on SELinux policy rules.
  • Permissive: SELinux only logs actions that would have been denied if running in enforcing mode.
  • Disabled: No SELinux policy is loaded.

By default in CentOS 7, SELinux is enabled and in enforcing mode.

check selinux status:

[root@lampblogs ~]# sestatus


SELinux status:                 enabled
SELinuxfs mount:                /sys/fs/selinux
SELinux root directory:         /etc/selinux
Loaded policy name:             targeted
Current mode:                   enforcing
Mode from config file:          enforcing
Policy MLS status:              enabled
Policy deny_unknown status:     allowed
Max kernel policy version:      31

Disable selinux temporarily

you can use any one command to disable temporaily until reboot

[root@lampblogs ~]# setenforce 0
[root@lampblogs ~]# # echo 0 > /selinux/enforce

Disable selinux permanently

[root@lampblogs ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/selinux

Open the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file and set the SELINUX mode to disabled.

SELinux=enforcing to SELinux=disabled

# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#     enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#     permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#     disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded.
# SELINUXTYPE= can take one of three two values:
#     targeted - Targeted processes are protected,
#     minimum - Modification of targeted policy. Only selected processes are protected.
#     mls - Multi Level Security protection.

Save the file and reboot your CentOS system 

[root@lampblogs ~]# reboot
[root@lampblogs ~]# shutdown -r now

Once system is rebooted, verify the change with the sestatus command

[root@lampblogs ~]# sestatus
SELinux status:                 disabled

you can visit SELINUX tutorial to learn more about the powerful features.

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