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gss_export_sec_context

gss_export_sec_context

Section: gss (3) Updated: 1.0.1
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NAME

gss_export_sec_context - API function  

SYNOPSIS

#include <gss.h>

OM_uint32 gss_export_sec_context(OM_uint32 * minor_status, gss_ctx_id_t * context_handle, gss_buffer_t interprocess_token);  

ARGUMENTS

OM_uint32 * minor_status
(Integer, modify) Mechanism specific status code.
gss_ctx_id_t * context_handle
(gss_ctx_id_t, modify) Context handle identifying
  the context to transfer.
gss_buffer_t interprocess_token
(buffer, opaque, modify) Token to be
  transferred to target process.  Storage associated with this
  token must be freed by the application after use with a call to
  gss_release_buffer().
 

DESCRIPTION

Provided to support the sharing of work between multiple processes. This routine will typically be used by the context-acceptor, in an application where a single process receives incoming connection requests and accepts security contexts over them, then passes the established context to one or more other processes for message exchange. gss_export_sec_context() deactivates the security context for the calling process and creates an interprocess token which, when passed to gss_import_sec_context in another process, will re-activate the context in the second process. Only a single instantiation of a given context may be active at any one time; a subsequent attempt by a context exporter to access the exported security context will fail.

The implementation may constrain the set of processes by which the interprocess token may be imported, either as a function of local security policy, or as a result of implementation decisions. For example, some implementations may constrain contexts to be passed only between processes that run under the same account, or which are part of the same process group.

The interprocess token may contain security-sensitive information (for example cryptographic keys). While mechanisms are encouraged to either avoid placing such sensitive information within interprocess tokens, or to encrypt the token before returning it to the application, in a typical object-library GSS-API implementation this may not be possible. Thus the application must take care to protect the interprocess token, and ensure that any process to which the token is transferred is trustworthy.

If creation of the interprocess token is successful, the implementation shall deallocate all process-wide resources associated with the security context, and set the context_handle to GSS_C_NO_CONTEXT. In the event of an error that makes it impossible to complete the export of the security context, the implementation must not return an interprocess token, and should strive to leave the security context referenced by the context_handle parameter untouched. If this is impossible, it is permissible for the implementation to delete the security context, providing it also sets the context_handle parameter to GSS_C_NO_CONTEXT.  

RETURN VALUE

`GSS_S_COMPLETE`: Successful completion.

`GSS_S_CONTEXT_EXPIRED`: The context has expired.

`GSS_S_NO_CONTEXT`: The context was invalid.

`GSS_S_UNAVAILABLE`: The operation is not supported.  

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-gss@gnu.org>. GNU Generic Security Service home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/gss/ General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2003-2010 Simon Josefsson.
Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved.  

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for gss is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and gss programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info gss

should give you access to the complete manual.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
ARGUMENTS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
REPORTING BUGS
COPYRIGHT
SEE ALSO

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