Section (7) session-keyring
session-keyring — session shared process keyring
The session keyring is a keyring used to anchor keys on
behalf of a process. It is typically created by pam_keyinit(8) when a user logs
in and a link will be added that refers to the user-keyring(7).
Optionally, PAM may revoke the session keyring on logout. (In
typical configurations, PAM does do this revocation.) The
session keyring has the name (description)
A special serial number value,
KEY_SPEC_SESSION_KEYRING, is defined that
can be used in lieu of the actual serial number of the
calling process_zsingle_quotesz_s session keyring.
From the keyctl(1) utility, _zsingle_quotesz_
@s_zsingle_quotesz_ can be used instead of a
numeric key ID in much the same way.
A process_zsingle_quotesz_s session keyring is inherited across clone(2), fork(2), and vfork(2). The session keyring is preserved across execve(2), even when the executable is set-user-ID or set-group-ID or has capabilities. The session keyring is destroyed when the last process that refers to it exits.
If a process doesn_zsingle_quotesz_t have a session keyring when it is accessed, then, under certain circumstances, the user-session-keyring(7) will be attached as the session keyring and under others a new session keyring will be created. (See user-session-keyring(7) for further details.)
library provides the following special operations for
manipulating session keyrings:
This operation allows the caller to change the session keyring that it subscribes to. The caller can join an existing keyring with a specified name (description), create a new keyring with a given name, or ask the kernel to create a new anonymous session keyring with the name _ses. (This function is an interface to the keyctl(2)
This operation allows the caller to make the parent process_zsingle_quotesz_s session keyring to the same as its own. For this to succeed, the parent process must have identical security attributes and must be single threaded. (This function is an interface to the keyctl(2)
These operations are also exposed through the keyctl(1) utility as:
keyctl session keyctl session - [<prog> <arg1> <arg2> ...] keyctl session <name> [<prog> <arg1> <arg2> ...]
keyctl(1), keyctl(3), keyctl_join_session_keyring(3), keyctl_session_to_parent(3), keyrings(7), persistent-keyring(7), process-keyring(7), thread-keyring(7), user-keyring(7), user-session-keyring(7), pam_keyinit(8)
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