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PRIV(9)			 BSD Kernel Developer's	Manual		       PRIV(9)

NAME
     priv -- kernel privilege checking API

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/priv.h>

     int
     priv_check(struct thread *td, int priv);

     int
     priv_check_cred(struct ucred *cred, int priv, int flags);

DESCRIPTION
     The priv interfaces check to see if specific system privileges are
     granted to	the passed thread, td, or credential, cred.  This interface
     replaces the now removed suser(9) privilege checking interface.  Privi-
     leges typically represent rights in one of	two categories:	the right to
     manage a particular component of the system, or an	exemption to a spe-
     cific policy or access control list.  The caller identifies the desired
     privilege via the priv argument.  The optional flags argument, flags, is
     currently unused.

   Privilege Policies
     Privileges	are typically granted based on one of two base system poli-
     cies: the superuser policy, which grants privilege	based on the effective
     (or sometimes real) UID having a value of 0, and the jail(2) policy,
     which permits only	certain	privileges to be granted to processes in a
     jail.  The	set of available privileges may	also be	influenced by the
     TrustedBSD	MAC Framework, described in mac(9).

IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
     When adding a new privilege check to a code path, first check the com-
     plete list	of current privileges in sys/priv.h to see if one already ex-
     ists for the class	of privilege required.	Only if	there is not an	exact
     match should a new	privilege be added to the privilege list.  As privi-
     lege numbers becomes encoded in the kernel	module ABI, privilege con-
     stants must not be	changed	as any kernel modules depending	on privileges
     will then need to be recompiled.  When adding a new privilege, be certain
     to	also determine whether it should be listed in prison_priv_check(),
     which includes a complete list of privileges granted to the root user in
     jail(2).

     Certain catch-all privileges exist, such as PRIV_DRIVER, intended to be
     used by device drivers, rather than adding	a new driver-specific privi-
     lege.

RETURN VALUES
     Typically,	0 will be returned for success,	and EPERM will be returned on
     failure.  Most consumers of priv will wish	to directly return the error
     code from a failed	privilege check	to user	space; a small number will
     wish to translate it to another error code	appropriate to a specific con-
     text.

     When designing new	APIs, it is preferable to return explicit errors from
     a call if privilege is not	granted	rather than changing the semantics of
     the call but returning success.  For example, the behavior	exhibited by
     stat(2), in which the generation field is optionally zero'd out when
     there is insufficient privilege is	highly undesirable, as it results in
     frequent privilege	checks,	and the	caller is unable to tell if an access
     control failure occurred.

SEE ALSO
     jail(2), mac(9), ucred(9)

AUTHORS
     The priv API and implementation were created by Robert Watson under con-
     tract to nCircle Network Security,	Inc.

BSD				August 30, 2006				   BSD

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