CAP_FROM_TEXT(3) Linux Programmer s Manual CAP_FROM_TEXT(3)

NAME cap_from_text, cap_to_text, _cap_names - capability state textual rep- resentation translation

SYNOPSIS #include <sys/capability.h>

cap_t cap_from_text(const char *buf_p);

char *cap_to_text(cap_t caps, ssize_t *length_p);

extern char const *_cap_names[];

USAGE cc ... -lcap

DESCRIPTION These functions translate a capability state from an internal represen- tation into a textual one. The internal representation is managed by the capability functions in working storage. The textual representation is a structured, human-readable, string suitable for display.

cap_from_text allocates and initializes a capability state in working storage. It then sets the contents of this newly-created capability state to the state represented by human-readable, null terminated char- acter string pointed to by buf_p. It returns a pointer to the newly created capability state. The caller should free any releasable mem- ory, when the capability state in working storage is no longer required, by calling cap_free with cap_t as an argument. The function returns an error if it cannot parse the contents of the string pointed to by buf_p or does not recognize any capability_name or flag character as valid. The function also returns an error if any flag is both set and cleared within a single clause.

cap_to_text converts the capability state in working storage identified by cap_p into a null terminated human-readable string. This function allocates any memory necessary to contain the string, and returns a pointer to the string. If the pointer len_p is not NULL, the function shall also return the full length of the string (not including the null terminator) in the location pointed to by len_p. The capability state in working storage, identified by cap_p, is completely represented in the character string. The caller should free any releasable memory, when the capability state in working storage is no longer required, by calling cap_free with cap_p as an argument.

_cap_names is an array of textual names for capability numbers. Unnamed capabilities have a NULL entry. (This array is not defined by POSIX.1e.)

TEXTUAL REPRESENTATION A textual representation of capability sets consists of one or more whitespace-separated clauses. Each clause specifies some operations to a capability set; the set starts out with all capabilities lowered, and the meaning of the string is the state of the capability set after all the clauses have been applied in order.

Each clause consists of a list of comma-separated capability names (or the word all ), followed by an action-list. An action-list consists of a sequence of operator flag pairs. Legal operators are: =, +, and -. Legal flags are: e, i, and p. These flags are case- sensitive and specify the Effective, Inheritable and Permitted sets respectively.

In the capability name lists, all names are case-insensitive. The spe- cial name all specifies all capabilities; it is equivalent to a list naming every capability individually.

Although not defined by POSIX, unnamed capabilities can be specified by number.

The = operator indicates that the listed capabilities are first reset in all three capability sets. The subsequent flags (which are optional when associated with this operator) indicate that the listed capabili- ties for the corresponding set are to be raised. For example: "all=p" means lower every capability in the Effective and Inheritable sets but raise all of the Permitted capabilities; or, "cap_fowner=ep" means raise the Effective and Permitted override-file-ownership capability, while lowering this Inheritable capability.

In the case that the leading operator is =, and no list of capabili- ties is provided, the action-list is assumed to refer to all capabil- ities. For example, the following three clauses are equivalent to each other (and indicate a completely empty capability set): "all="; "="; "cap_chown,<every-other-capability>=".

The operators, + and - both require an explicit preceding capabil- ity list and one or more explicit trailing flags. The + operator will raise all of the listed capabilities in the flagged capability sets. The - operator will lower all of the listed capabilities in the flagged capability sets. For example: "all+p" will raise all of the Permitted capabilities; "cap_fowner+p-i" will raise the override- file-ownership capability in the Permitted capability set and lower this Inheritable capability; "cap_fowner+pe-i" and "cap_fowner=+pe" are equivalent.

RETURN VALUE cap_from_text and cap_to_text return a non-NULL value on success, and NULL on failure.

On failure, errno(3) is set to EINVAL, or ENOMEM.

CONFORMING TO cap_from_text and cap_to_text are specified by POSIX.1e. _cap_names is a Linux extension.

SEE ALSO cap_clear(3), cap_copy_ext(3), cap_get_file(3), cap_get_proc(3), cap_init(3)

26th May 1997 CAP_FROM_TEXT(3)