Could not open file /var/log/sssd/sssd.log –Permission denied

This was the exactly the same problem I ran into before on auditd. The log directory for sssd was recreated somehow but the context of SELinux was not restored. That caused even root could not create the sssd logs under the directory and the service could not start.

sssd[sssd][17594]: Could not open file [/var/log/sssd/sssd.log]. Error: [13][Permission denied]

root@joetest1:~# ls -Zd /var/log/sssd/
unconfined_u:object_r:unlabeled_t:s0 /var/log/sssd/

As you can see, it had a context of unlabeled. After using “restorecon” on the directory, it has changed to “sssd_var_log_t”

root@joetest1:~# restorecon  /var/log/sssd/
root@jotestes1:~# ls -Zd /var/log/sssd/
unconfined_u:object_r:sssd_var_log_t:s0 /var/log/sssd/

After the change “systemctl restart sssd” worked and sssd can be started.

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