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

NAME
       setreuid, setregid - set	real and/or effective user or group ID

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

       int setreuid(uid_t ruid,	uid_t euid);
       int setregid(gid_t rgid,	gid_t egid);

   Feature Test	Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       setreuid(), setregid():
	   _BSD_SOURCE || _XOPEN_SOURCE	>= 500 ||
	   _XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE_EXTENDED

DESCRIPTION
       setreuid() sets real and	effective user IDs of the calling process.

       Supplying a value of -1 for either the real or effective	user ID	forces
       the system to leave that	ID unchanged.

       Unprivileged  processes	may only set the effective user	ID to the real
       user ID,	the effective user ID, or the saved set-user-ID.

       Unprivileged users may only set the real	user ID	to the real user ID or
       the effective user ID.

       If the real user	ID is set (i.e., ruid is not -1) or the	effective user
       ID is set to a value not	equal to the previous real user	ID, the	 saved
       set-user-ID will	be set to the new effective user ID.

       Completely  analogously,	 setregid() sets real and effective group ID's
       of the calling process, and all of the above holds with "group" instead
       of "user".

RETURN VALUE
       On  success,  zero is returned.	On error, -1 is	returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

       Note: there are cases where setreuid() can fail even when the caller is
       UID  0; it is a grave security error to omit checking for a failure re-
       turn from setreuid().

ERRORS
       EAGAIN The call would change the	caller's real UID (i.e., ruid does not
	      match  the caller's real UID), but there was a temporary failure
	      allocating the necessary kernel data structures.

       EAGAIN ruid does	not match the caller's real UID	and  this  call	 would
	      bring the	number of processes belonging to the real user ID ruid
	      over the caller's	RLIMIT_NPROC resource limit.  Since Linux 3.1,
	      this error case no longer	occurs (but robust applications	should
	      check for	this error); see the  description  of  EAGAIN  in  ex-
	      ecve(2).

       EINVAL One or more of the target	user or	group IDs is not valid in this
	      user namespace.

       EPERM  The calling process is not privileged (Linux: does not have  the
	      CAP_SETUID capability in the case	of setreuid(), or the CAP_SET-
	      GID capability in	the case of setregid())	 and  a	 change	 other
	      than  (i)	 swapping  the effective user (group) ID with the real
	      user (group) ID, or (ii) setting one to the value	of  the	 other
	      or  (iii)	 setting the effective user (group) ID to the value of
	      the saved	set-user-ID (saved set-group-ID) was specified.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, 4.3BSD (the  setreuid()  and  setregid()  function	 calls
       first appeared in 4.2BSD).

NOTES
       Setting	the  effective user (group) ID to the saved set-user-ID	(saved
       set-group-ID) is	possible since Linux 1.1.37 (1.1.38).

       POSIX.1 does not	specify	all of possible	ID changes that	are  permitted
       on  Linux  for  an unprivileged process.	 For setreuid(), the effective
       user ID can be made the same as the real	user ID	or the save  set-user-
       ID,  and	 it  is	unspecified whether unprivileged processes may set the
       real user ID to the real	user ID, the effective user ID,	or  the	 saved
       set-user-ID.   For  setregid(), the real	group ID can be	changed	to the
       value of	the saved set-group-ID,	and the	 effective  group  ID  can  be
       changed	to  the	 value of the real group ID or the saved set-group-ID.
       The precise details of what ID changes are permitted vary across	imple-
       mentations.

       POSIX.1	makes  no specification	about the effect of these calls	on the
       saved set-user-ID and saved set-group-ID.

       The original Linux setreuid() and  setregid()  system  calls  supported
       only  16-bit  user  and	group  IDs.  Subsequently, Linux 2.4 added se-
       treuid32() and setregid32(), supporting	32-bit	IDs.   The  glibc  se-
       treuid()	 and  setregid() wrapper functions transparently deal with the
       variations across kernel	versions.

SEE ALSO
       getgid(2), getuid(2), seteuid(2), setgid(2),  setresuid(2),  setuid(2),
       capabilities(7),	user_namespaces(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				  2014-09-21			   SETREUID(2)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUE | ERRORS | CONFORMING TO | NOTES | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

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