Name

setfsgid — set group identity used for file system checks

Synopsis

#include <unistd.h>
/* glibc uses <sys/fsuid.h> */
int setfsgid( uid_t fsgid);
 

DESCRIPTION

The system call setfsgid() sets the group ID that the Linux kernel uses to check for all accesses to the file system. Normally, the value of fsgid will shadow the value of the effective group ID. In fact, whenever the effective group ID is changed, fsgid will also be changed to the new value of the effective group ID.

Explicit calls to setfsuid(2) and setfsgid() are usually used only by programs such as the Linux NFS server that need to change what user and group ID is used for file access without a corresponding change in the real and effective user and group IDs. A change in the normal user IDs for a program such as the NFS server is a security hole that can expose it to unwanted signals. (But see below.)

setfsgid() will succeed only if the caller is the superuser or if fsgid matches either the real group ID, effective group ID, saved set-group-ID, or the current value of fsgid.

RETURN VALUE

On success, the previous value of fsgid is returned. On error, the current value of fsgid is returned.

VERSIONS

This system call is present in Linux since version 1.2.

CONFORMING TO

setfsgid() is Linux-specific and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.

NOTES

When glibc determines that the argument is not a valid group ID, it will return −1 and set errno to EINVAL without attempting the system call.

Note that at the time this system call was introduced, a process could send a signal to a process with the same effective user ID. Today signal permission handling is slightly different.

The original Linux setfsgid() system call supported only 16-bit group IDs. Subsequently, Linux 2.4 added setfsgid32() supporting 32-bit IDs. The glibc setfsgid() wrapper function transparently deals with the variation across kernel versions.

BUGS

No error messages of any kind are returned to the caller. At the very least, EPERM should be returned when the call fails (because the caller lacks the CAP_SETGID capability).

SEE ALSO

kill(2), setfsuid(2), capabilities(7), credentials(7)

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.52 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man−pages/.


  Copyright (C) 1995, Thomas K. Dyas <tdyaseden.rutgers.edu>

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Created   1995-08-06 Thomas K. Dyas <tdyaseden.rutgers.edu>
Modified  2000-07-01 aeb
Modified  2002-07-23 aeb
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    Added notes on capability requirements