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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for issetugid (opensolaris section 2)

issetugid(2)				   System Calls 			     issetugid(2)

       issetugid - determine if current executable is running setuid or setgid

       #include <unistd.h>

       int issetugid(void);

       The  issetugid()  function  enables  library  functions	(in  libtermlib,  libc,  or other
       libraries) to guarantee safe behavior when used in setuid or setgid programs  or  programs
       that  run  with more privileges after a succesful exec(2). Some library functions might be
       passed insufficient information and not know  whether  the  current  program  was  started
       setuid  or  setgid because a higher level calling code might have made changes to the uid,
       euid, gid, or egid. These low-level library functions are therefore unable to determine if
       they are being run with elevated or normal privileges.

       The  issetugid()  function  should  be  used  to  determine if a path name returned from a
       getenv(3C) call can be used safely to open the specified file. It is  often  not  safe  to
       open such a file because the status of the effective uid is not known.

       The result of a call to issetugid() is unaffected by calls to setuid(), setgid(), or other
       such calls.  In case of a call to fork(2), the child process inherits the same status.

       The status of issetugid() is affected only by execve() (see exec(2)). If a  child  process
       executes  a  new  executable  file, a new issetugid() status will be based on the existing
       process's uid, euid, gid, and egid permissions and on the modes of the executable file. If
       the  new executable file modes are setuid or setgid, or if the existing process is execut-
       ing the new image with uid != euid or gid != egid, or if the permitted set before the call
       to  the	exec  function is not a superset of the inheritable set at that time, issetugid()
       returns 1 in the new process.

       The issetugid() function returns 1 if the process was made setuid or setgid as the  result
       of the last or a previous call to execve(). Otherwise it returns 0.

       The  issetugid() function is always successful. No return value is reserved to indicate an

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Interface Stability	     |Evolving			   |
       |MT-Level		     |Async-Signal-Safe 	   |

       exec(2), fork(2), setuid(2), getenv(3C), attributes(5), privileges(5)

SunOS 5.11				   19 Feb 2003				     issetugid(2)

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