GETPEEREID(3) BSD Library Functions Manual GETPEEREID(3)
getpeereid -- get the effective credentials of a UNIX-domain peer
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
getpeereid(int s, uid_t *euid, gid_t *egid);
The getpeereid() function returns the effective user and group IDs of the peer connected to
a UNIX-domain socket. The argument s must be a UNIX-domain socket (unix(4)) of type
SOCK_STREAM on which either connect(2) has been called, or one returned from accept(2) after
bind(2) and listen(2) have been called. If non-NULL, the effective used ID is placed in
euid, and the effective group ID in egid.
The credentials returned to the accept(2) caller are those of its peer at the time it called
connect(2); the credentials returned to the connect(2) caller are those of its peer at the
time it called bind(2). This mechanism is reliable; there is no way for either side to
influence the credentials returned to its peer except by calling the appropriate system call
(i.e., either connect(2) or bind(2)) under different effective credentials.
One common use of this routine is for a UNIX-domain server to verify the credentials of its
client. Likewise, the client can verify the credentials of the server.
On NetBSD, getpeereid() is implemented in terms of the LOCAL_PEEREID unix(4) socket option.
The getpeereid() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is
returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.
The getpeereid() function fails if:
[EBADF] The argument s is not a valid descriptor.
[ENOTSOCK] The argument s is a file, not a socket.
[ENOTCONN] The argument s does not refer to a socket on which connect(2) have been
called nor one returned from listen(2).
[EINVAL] The argument s does not refer to a socket of type SOCK_STREAM, or the
kernel returned invalid data.
connect(2), getpeername(2), getsockname(2), getsockopt(2), listen(2), unix(4)
The getpeereid() function appeared in NetBSD 5.0.
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