SETREUID

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
CONFORMING TO
SEE ALSO

NAME

setreuid, seteuid − set real and / or effective user ID

SYNOPSIS

#include <unistd.h>

int setreuid(uid_t ruid, uid_t euid);
int seteuid(uid_t
euid);

DESCRIPTION

setreuid sets real and effective user ID’s of the current process. Un-privileged users may change the real user ID to the effective user ID and vice-versa.

Prior to Linux 1.1.37, the saved ID paradigm, when used with setreuid or seteuid was broken.

Starting at 1.1.37, it is also possible to set the effective user ID from the saved user ID.

Only the super-user may make other changes.

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

Currently seteuid(euid) is functionally equivalent to setreuid(-1, euid).

If the real user ID is changed or the effective user ID is set to a value not equal to the previous real user ID, the saved user ID will be set to the new effective user ID.

RETURN VALUE

On success, zero is returned. On error, −1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

EPERM

The current process is not the super-user and changes other than (i) swapping the effective user ID with the real user ID or (ii) setting one to the value of the other or (iii) setting the effective user ID to the value of the saved user ID was specified.

CONFORMING TO

BSD 4.3 (the setreuid function call first appeared in 4.2BSD.)

SEE ALSO

getuid(2), setuid(2)