cap/cap_functions.h

This is cap/cap_functions.h, an example to accompany the book, The Linux Programming Interface.

This file is not printed in the book; it is a supplementary file for Chapter 39.

The source code file is copyright 2022, Michael Kerrisk, and is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3.

In the listing below, the names of Linux system calls and C library functions are hyperlinked to manual pages from the Linux man-pages project, and the names of functions implemented in the book are hyperlinked to the implementations of those functions.

 

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/* cap_functions.h

   Useful functions for working with capabilities.
*/

#ifndef CAP_FUNCTIONS_H             /* Prevent double inclusion */
#define CAP_FUNCTIONS_H

#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/capability.h>
#include <stdbool.h>

/* Change the 'setting' of the specified 'capability' in the capability set
   specified by 'flag'.

   'flag' is one of CAP_PERMITTED, CAP_EFFECTIVE, or CAP_INHERITABLE.
   'setting' is one of CAP_SET or CAP_CLEAR.

   Returns: 0 on success or -1 on error. */

int modifyCapSetting(cap_flag_t flag, int capability, int setting);

/* Display a securebits mask in either short or long form, depending on
   the value of 'verbose'. */

void printSecbits(int secbits, bool verbose, FILE *fp);

#endif

 

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