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SELinux in Containers

SELinux is a labeling system. Every process and every file system object has a label. SELinux policies define rules about what a process label is allowed to do with all of the other labels on the system.
Container engines launch container processes with a single confined SELinux label, usually container_t, and then set the container inside of the container to be labeled container_file_t. The SELinux policy rules basically say that the container_t processes can only read/write/execute files labeled container_file_t. If a container process escapes the container and attempts to write to content on the host, the Linux kernel denies access and only allows the container process to write to content labeled container_file_t.
$ podman run -d fedora sleep 100
$ podman top -l label

SELinux Users

There are SELinux users in addition to the regular Linux users. SELinux users are part of an SELinux policy. Each Linux user is mapped to a SELinux user as part of the policy. This allows Linux users to inherit the restrictions and security rules and mechanisms placed on SELinux users.
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