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JAIL(2)			    BSD	System Calls Manual		       JAIL(2)

NAME
     jail -- imprison current process and future decendants

LIBRARY
     Standard C	Library	(libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <sys/jail.h>

     int
     jail(struct jail *jail);

DESCRIPTION
     The jail system call sets up a jail and locks the current process in it.

     The argument is a pointer to a structure describing the prison:

	   struct jail {
		   u_int32_t	   version;
		   char		   *path;
		   char		   *hostname;
		   u_int32_t	   ip_number;
	   };

     "version" defines the version of the API in use.  It should be set	to
     zero at this time.

     The "path"	pointer	should be set to the directory which is	to be the root
     of	the prison.

     The "hostname" pointer can	be set to the hostname of the prison.  This
     can be changed from the inside of the prison.

     The "ip_number" can be set	to the IP number assigned to the prison.

PRISON?
     Once a process has	been put in a prison, it and its decendants cannot es-
     cape the prison.  It is not possible to add a process to a	preexisting
     prison.

     Inside the	prison,	the concept of "superuser" is very diluted.  In	gen-
     eral, it can be assumed that nothing can be mangled from inside a prison
     which does	not exist entirely inside that prison.	For instance the di-
     rectory tree below	"path" can be manipulated all the ways a root can nor-
     mally do it, including "rm	-rf /*"	but new	device special nodes cannot be
     created because they reference shared resources (the device drivers in
     the kernel).

     All IP activity will be forced to happen to/from the IP number specified,
     which should be an	alias on one of	the network interfaces.

     It	is possible to identify	a process as jailed by examining
     "/proc/<pid>/status": it will show	a field	near the end of	the line, ei-
     ther as a single hyphen for a process at large, or	the hostname currently
     set for the prison	for jailed processes.

ERRORS
     jail() will fail if:

     [EINVAL]		The version number of the argument is not correct.

     Further jail() calls chroot(2) internally,	so it can fail for all the
     same reasons.  Please consult the chroot(2) manual	page for details.

SEE ALSO
     chdir(2), chroot(2)

HISTORY
     The jail()	function call appeared in FreeBSD 4.0.

AUTHORS
     The jail feature was written by Poul-Henning Kamp for R&D Associates
     "http://www.rndassociates.com/" who contributed it	to FreeBSD.

BSD				April 28, 1999				   BSD

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