|GETLOGIN(2)||System Calls Manual||GETLOGIN(2)|
LIBRARY¶Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
getlogin() routine returns the login name of the user associated with the current session, as previously set by
setlogin(). The name is normally associated with a login shell at the time a session is created, and is inherited by all processes descended from the login shell. (This is true even if some of those processes assume another user ID, for example when su(1) is used).
getlogin_r() function provides the
same service as
getlogin() except the caller must
provide the buffer name with length
len bytes to hold the result. The buffer should be at
MAXLOGNAME bytes in length.
setlogin() system call sets the login
name of the user associated with the current session to
name. This system call is restricted to the
super-user, and is normally used only when a new session is being created on
behalf of the named user (for example, at login time, or when a remote shell
NOTE: There is only one login name per session.
It is CRITICALLY important to ensure that
setlogin() is only ever called after the process has
taken adequate steps to ensure that it is detached from its parent's
session. Making a
setsid() system call is the
ONLY way to do this. The daemon(3)
setsid() which is an ideal way of
detaching from a controlling terminal and forking into the background.
In particular, doing a
TIOCNOTTY, ...) or
Once a parent process does a
system call, it is acceptable for some child of that process to then do a
setlogin() even though it is not the session leader,
but beware that ALL processes in the session will change their login name at
the same time, even the parent.
This is not the same as the traditional UNIX behavior of inheriting privilege.
setlogin() system call is
restricted to the super-user, it is assumed that (like all other privileged
programs) the programmer has taken adequate precautions to prevent security
RETURN VALUES¶If a call to
getlogin() succeeds, it returns a pointer to a null-terminated string in a static buffer, or
NULLif the name has not been set. The
getlogin_r() function returns zero if successful, or the error number upon failure.
setlogin() function returns the value 0 if
successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the global
variable errno is set to indicate the error.
ERRORS¶The following errors may be returned by these calls:
- The name argument gave an invalid address.
- The name argument pointed to a string that was too
long. Login names are limited to
<sys/param.h>) characters, currently 17 including null.
- The caller tried to set the login name and was not the super-user.
- The size of the buffer is smaller than the result to be returned.
SEE ALSO¶setsid(2), daemon(3)
getlogin() system call and the
getlogin_r() function conform to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (“POSIX.1”).
getlogin() system call first appeared in 4.4BSD. The return value of
getlogin_r() was changed from earlier versions of FreeBSD to be conformant with ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (“POSIX.1”).
BUGS¶In earlier versions of the system,
getlogin() failed unless the process was associated with a login terminal. The current implementation (using
setlogin()) allows getlogin to succeed even when the process has no controlling terminal. In earlier versions of the system, the value returned by
getlogin() could not be trusted without checking the user ID. Portable programs should probably still make this check.
|June 9, 1993||Linux 4.9.0-9-amd64|