keyctl_get_security(3) — Linux manual page



NAME         top

       keyctl_get_security - retrieve a key's security context

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <keyutils.h>

       long keyctl_get_security(key_serial_t key, char *buffer,
       size_t buflen);

       long keyctl_get_security_alloc(key_serial_t key, char **_buffer);

DESCRIPTION         top

       keyctl_get_security() retrieves the security context of a key as
       a NUL-terminated string.  This will be rendered in a form
       appropriate to the LSM in force - for instance, with SELinux, it
       may look like


       The caller must have view permission on a key to be able to get
       its security context.

       buffer and buflen specify the buffer into which the string will
       be placed.  If the buffer is too small, the full size of the
       string will be returned, and no copy will take place.

       keyctl_get_security_alloc() is similar to keyctl_get_security()
       except that it allocates a buffer big enough to hold the string
       and copies the string into it.  If successful, A pointer to the
       buffer is placed in *_buffer.  The caller must free the buffer.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success keyctl_get_security() returns the amount of data
       placed into the buffer.  If the buffer was too small, then the
       size of buffer required will be returned, but no data will be
       transferred.  On error, the value -1 will be returned and errno
       will have been set to an appropriate error.

       On success keyctl_get_security_alloc() returns the amount of data
       in the buffer, less the NUL terminator.  On error, the value -1
       will be returned and errno will have been set to an appropriate

ERRORS         top

       ENOKEY The key specified is invalid.

              The key specified has expired.

              The key specified had been revoked.

       EACCES The key exists, but is not viewable by the calling

LINKING         top

       This is a library function that can be found in libkeyutils.
       When linking, -lkeyutils should be specified to the linker.

SEE ALSO         top

       keyctl(1), add_key(2), keyctl(2), request_key(2), keyctl(3),
       keyrings(7), keyutils(7)

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Linux                          26 Feb 2010        KEYCTL_GET_SECURITY(3)

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