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MAC(3)                 FreeBSD Library Functions Manual                 MAC(3)

NAME
     mac -- introduction to the MAC security API

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/mac.h>

     In the kernel configuration file:
     options MAC

DESCRIPTION
     FreeBSD permits administrators to define Mandatory Access Control labels
     defining levels for the privacy and integrity of data, overriding discre-
     tionary policies for those objects.  Not all objects currently provide
     support for MAC labels, and MAC support must be explicitly enabled by the
     administrator.  The library calls include routines to retrieve, dupli-
     cate, and set MAC labels associated with files and processes.

     POSIX.1e describes a set of MAC manipulation routines to manage the con-
     tents of MAC labels, as well as their relationships with files and pro-
     cesses; almost all of these support routines are implemented in FreeBSD.

     Available functions, sorted by behavior, include:

     mac_get_fd()
             This function is described in mac_get(3), and may be used to
             retrieve the MAC label associated with a specific file descrip-
             tor.

     mac_get_file()
             This function is described in mac_get(3), and may be used to
             retrieve the MAC label associated with a named file.

     mac_get_proc()
             This function is described in mac_get(3), and may be used to
             retrieve the MAC label associated with the calling process.

     mac_set_fd()
             This function is described in mac_set(3), and may be used to set
             the MAC label associated with a specific file descriptor.

     mac_set_file()
             This function is described in mac_set(3), and may be used to set
             the MAC label associated with a named file.

     mac_set_proc()
             This function is described in mac_set(3), and may be used to set
             the MAC label associated with the calling process.

     mac_free()
             This function is described in mac_free(3), and may be used to
             free userland working MAC label storage.

     mac_from_text()
             This function is described in mac_text(3), and may be used to
             convert a text-form MAC label into a working mac_t.

     mac_prepare()

     mac_prepare_file_label()

     mac_prepare_ifnet_label()

     mac_prepare_process_label()
             These functions are described in mac_prepare(3), and may be used
             to preallocate storage for MAC label retrieval.  mac_prepare(3)
             prepares a label based on caller-specified label names; the other
             calls rely on the default configuration specified in mac.conf(5).

     mac_to_text()
             This function is described in mac_text(3), and may be used to
             convert a mac_t into a text-form MAC label.
     The behavior of some of these calls is influenced by the configuration
     settings found in mac.conf(5), the MAC library run-time configuration
     file.

IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
     FreeBSD's support for POSIX.1e interfaces and features is currently under
     development.

FILES
     /etc/mac.conf  MAC library configuration file, documented in mac.conf(5).
                    Provides default behavior for applications aware of MAC
                    labels on system objects, but without policy-specific
                    knowledge.

SEE ALSO
     mac_free(3), mac_get(3), mac_prepare(3), mac_set(3), mac_text(3), mac(4),
     mac.conf(5), mac(9)

STANDARDS
     These APIs are loosely based on the APIs described in POSIX.1e.  POSIX.1e
     is described in IEEE POSIX.1e draft 17.  Discussion of the draft contin-
     ues on the cross-platform POSIX.1e implementation mailing list.  To join
     this list, see the FreeBSD POSIX.1e implementation page for more informa-
     tion.  However, the resemblance of these APIs to the POSIX APIs is only
     loose, as the POSIX APIs were unable to express many notions required for
     flexible and extensible access control.

HISTORY
     Support for Mandatory Access Control was introduced in FreeBSD 5.0 as
     part of the TrustedBSD Project.

BUGS
     The TrustedBSD MAC Framework and associated policies, interfaces, and
     applications are considered to be an experimental feature in FreeBSD.
     Sites considering production deployment should keep the experimental sta-
     tus of these services in mind during any deployment process.  See also
     mac(9) for related considerations regarding the kernel framework.

FreeBSD 6.2                     April 19, 2003                     FreeBSD 6.2

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