Most of us have a love-hate relationship with SELinux.
Human readable time stamps in audit.log
SELinux writes its audit log files using a cryptic format that includes a time stamp in the Unix time format of all things. (The number of seconds since the beginning of the year 1970 in UTC time). Here is how to convert the time stamp to a human readable format:
grep -i avc /var/log/audit/audit.log | ausearch -i
An SELinux bug can suppress cron jobs, here is the fix
In several versions of Fedora, crond is unable to access /etc/crontab courtesy of a bug in SELinux. The problem is well documented and it keeps popping up again and again. If your cron jobs keep failing silently unless run in permissive mode (not the idea!), there is an easy fix.
First you want to diagnose the issue. Create a cronjob that is easy on system resources so it can run every minute. With SELinux enforcing (setenforce 1), reload the configuration of crond:
systemctl restart crond
Check what keeps your cron job from executing:
You will see errors resembling this:
crond: ((null)) Unauthorized SELinux context=system_u:system_r:system_cronjob_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023 file_context=unconfined_u:object_r:etc_t:s0 (/etc/crontab) crond: (root) FAILED (loading cron table)
Verify your suspicions:
ls -laZ /etc/crontab
Save the correct context in the SELinux configuration (this survives a system reboot):
semanage fcontext -a -t system_cron_spool_t "/etc/crontab"
Restore the SELinux file context from the now corrected configuration:
restorecon -RFv /etc/crontab
Your dummy cron job should be running now. Make sure you replace it with your intended cron jobs and reload (or restart) crond.