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SETFSUID(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		   SETFSUID(2)

NAME
       setfsuid	- set user identity used for filesystem	checks

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<sys/fsuid.h>

       int setfsuid(uid_t fsuid);

DESCRIPTION
       The system call setfsuid() changes the value of the caller's filesystem
       user ID--the user ID that the Linux kernel uses to check	 for  all  ac-
       cesses  to  the filesystem.  Normally, the value	of the filesystem user
       ID will shadow the value	of the effective user ID.  In  fact,  whenever
       the  effective  user ID is changed, the filesystem user ID will also be
       changed to the new value	of the effective user ID.

       Explicit	calls to setfsuid() and	setfsgid(2) are	usually	used  only  by
       programs	such as	the Linux NFS server that need to change what user and
       group ID	is used	for file access	without	a corresponding	change in  the
       real and	effective user and group IDs.  A change	in the normal user IDs
       for a program such as the NFS server is a security hole that can	expose
       it to unwanted signals.	(But see below.)

       setfsuid() will succeed only if the caller is the superuser or if fsuid
       matches either the caller's real	user ID, effective user	ID, saved set-
       user-ID,	or current filesystem user ID.

RETURN VALUE
       On  both	success	and failure, this call returns the previous filesystem
       user ID of the caller.

VERSIONS
       This system call	is present in Linux since version 1.2.

CONFORMING TO
       setfsuid() is Linux-specific and	should not be  used  in	 programs  in-
       tended to be portable.

NOTES
       When glibc determines that the argument is not a	valid user ID, it will
       return -1 and set errno to EINVAL without attempting the	system call.

       At the time when	this system call was  introduced,  one	process	 could
       send a signal to	another	process	with the same effective	user ID.  This
       meant that if a privileged process changed its effective	 user  ID  for
       the  purpose of file permission checking, then it could become vulnera-
       ble to receiving	signals	sent by	another	 (unprivileged)	 process  with
       the  same  user ID.  The	filesystem user	ID attribute was thus added to
       allow a process to change its user ID for the purposes of file  permis-
       sion checking without at	the same time becoming vulnerable to receiving
       unwanted	signals.  Since	Linux 2.0, signal permission handling is  dif-
       ferent  (see kill(2)), with the result that a process change can	change
       its effective user ID without being  vulnerable	to  receiving  signals
       from  unwanted  processes.   Thus,  setfsuid() is nowadays unneeded and
       should be avoided in new	applications (likewise for setfsgid(2)).

       The original Linux setfsuid() system call supported  only  16-bit  user
       IDs.  Subsequently, Linux 2.4 added setfsuid32()	supporting 32-bit IDs.
       The glibc setfsuid() wrapper  function  transparently  deals  with  the
       variation across	kernel versions.

BUGS
       No  error  indications  of any kind are returned	to the caller, and the
       fact that both successful and unsuccessful calls	return the same	 value
       makes it	impossible to directly determine whether the call succeeded or
       failed.	Instead, the caller must resort	to looking at the return value
       from  a	further	call such as setfsuid(-1) (which will always fail), in
       order to	determine if  a	 preceding  call  to  setfsuid()  changed  the
       filesystem  user	 ID.  At the very least, EPERM should be returned when
       the call	fails (because the caller lacks	the CAP_SETUID capability).

SEE ALSO
       kill(2),	setfsgid(2), capabilities(7), credentials(7)

COLOPHON
       This page is part of release 3.74 of the	Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, information about reporting bugs, and the
       latest	 version    of	  this	  page,	   can	   be	  found	    at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2013-08-08			   SETFSUID(2)

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