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_secure_path(3) [freebsd man page]

_SECURE_PATH(3) 					   BSD Library Functions Manual 					   _SECURE_PATH(3)

NAME
_secure_path -- determine if a file appears to be secure LIBRARY
System Utilities Library (libutil, -lutil) SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/types.h> #include <libutil.h> int _secure_path(const char *path, uid_t uid, gid_t gid); DESCRIPTION
This function does some basic security checking on a given path. It is intended to be used by processes running with root privileges in order to decide whether or not to trust the contents of a given file. It uses a method often used to detect system compromise. A file is considered 'secure' if it meets the following conditions: 1. The file exists, and is a regular file (not a symlink, device special or named pipe, etc.), 2. Is not world writable. 3. Is owned by the given uid or uid 0, if uid is not -1, 4. Is not group writable or it has group ownership by the given gid, if gid is not -1. RETURN VALUES
This function returns zero if the file exists and may be considered secure, -2 if the file does not exist, and -1 otherwise to indicate a security failure. The syslog(3) function is used to log any failure of this function, including the reason, at LOG_ERR priority. SEE ALSO
lstat(2), syslog(3) HISTORY
Code from which this function was derived was contributed to the FreeBSD project by Berkeley Software Design, Inc. BUGS
The checks carried out are rudimentary and no attempt is made to eliminate race conditions between use of this function and access to the file referenced. BSD
May 2, 1997 BSD

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PWCACHE(3)						   BSD Library Functions Manual 						PWCACHE(3)

NAME
pwcache -- cache password and group entries LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc) SYNOPSIS
#include <pwd.h> char * user_from_uid(uid_t uid, int nouser); #include <grp.h> char * group_from_gid(gid_t gid, int nogroup); DESCRIPTION
The user_from_uid() function returns the user name associated with the argument uid. The user name is cached so that multiple calls with the same uid do not require additional calls to getpwuid(3). If there is no user associated with the uid, a pointer is returned to a string rep- resentation of the uid, unless the argument nouser is non-zero, in which case a NULL pointer is returned. The group_from_gid() function returns the group name associated with the argument gid. The group name is cached so that multiple calls with the same gid do not require additional calls to getgrgid(3). If there is no group associated with the gid, a pointer is returned to a string representation of the gid, unless the argument nogroup is non-zero, in which case a NULL pointer is returned. SEE ALSO
getgrgid(3), getpwuid(3) HISTORY
The user_from_uid() and group_from_gid() functions first appeared in 4.4BSD. BSD
June 9, 1993 BSD

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