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sestatus(8)        SELinux command line documentation        sestatus(8)

NAME         top

       sestatus - SELinux status tool

SYNOPSIS         top

       sestatus [-v] [-b]

       This tool is used to get the status of a system running SELinux.

DESCRIPTION         top

       This manual page describes the sestatus program.

       This tool is used to get the status of a system running SELinux.
       It displays data about whether SELinux is enabled or disabled,
       location of key directories, and the loaded policy with its
       status as shown in the example:
              > sestatus
              SELinux status:              enabled
              SELinuxfs mount:             /selinux
              SELinux root directory:      /etc/selinux
              Loaded policy name:          targeted
              Current mode:                permissive
              Mode from config file:       enforcing
              Policy MLS status:           enabled
              Policy deny_unknown status:  allow
              Memory protection checking:  actual (secure)
              Max kernel policy version:   26

       sestatus can also be used to display:

              -   The security context of files and processes listed in
                  the /etc/sestatus.conf file. The format of this file
                  is described in sestatus.conf(5).

              -   The status of booleans.

OPTIONS         top

              Displays the contexts of files and processes listed in the
              /etc/sestatus.conf file. It also checks whether the file
              is a symbolic link, if so then the context of the target
              file is also shown.

              The following contexts will always be displayed:
                     The current process context
                     The init process context
                     The controlling terminal file context

              Display the current state of booleans.

FILES         top


AUTHOR         top

       This man page was written by Daniel Walsh <>.
       The program was written by Chris PeBenito <>

SEE ALSO         top

       selinux(8), sestatus.conf(5)

COLOPHON         top

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Security Enhanced Linux        26 Nov 2011                   sestatus(8)

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