Manpage of RCMD

RCMD

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)
Updated: 2016-03-15
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NAME

rcmd, rresvport, iruserok, ruserok, rcmd_af, rresvport_af, iruserok_af, ruserok_af - routines for returning a stream to a remote command  

SYNOPSIS

#include <netdb.h>   /* Or <unistd.h> on some systems */

int rcmd(char **ahost, unsigned short inport, const char *locuser,          const char *remuser, const char *cmd, int *fd2p);int rresvport(int *port);int iruserok(uint32_t raddr, int superuser,              const char *ruser, const char *luser);int ruserok(const char *rhost, int superuser,             const char *ruser, const char *luser);int rcmd_af(char **ahost, unsigned short inport, const char *locuser,             const char *remuser, const char *cmd, int *fd2p,            sa_family_t af);int rresvport_af(int *port, sa_family_t af);int iruserok_af(const void *raddr, int superuser,                 const char *ruser, const char *luser, sa_family_t af);int ruserok_af(const char *rhost, int superuser,                const char *ruser, const char *luser, sa_family_t af);

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

rcmd(), rcmd_af(), rresvport(), rresvport_af(), iruserok(), iruserok_af(), ruserok(), ruserok_af():
    Since glibc 2.19:
        _DEFAULT_SOURCE
    Glibc 2.19 and earlier:
        _BSD_SOURCE  

DESCRIPTION

The rcmd() function is used by the superuser to execute a command on a remote machine using an authentication scheme based on privileged port numbers. The rresvport() function returns a file descriptor to a socket with an address in the privileged port space. The iruserok() and ruserok() functions are used by servers to authenticate clients requesting service with rcmd(). All four functions are used by the rshd(8) server (among others).  

rcmd()

The rcmd() function looks up the host *ahostusing gethostbyname(3), returning -1 if the host does not exist. Otherwise, *ahostis set to the standard name of the host and a connection is established to a server residing at the well-known Internet port inport.

If the connection succeeds, a socket in the Internet domain of type SOCK_STREAMis returned to the caller, and given to the remote command as stdinand stdout. If fd2pis nonzero, then an auxiliary channel to a control process will be set up, and a file descriptor for it will be placed in *fd2p. The control process will return diagnostic output from the command (unit 2) on this channel, and will also accept bytes on this channel as being UNIX signal numbers, to be forwarded to the process group of the command. If fd2pis 0, then the stderr(unit 2 of the remote command) will be made the same as the stdoutand no provision is made for sending arbitrary signals to the remote process, although you may be able to get its attention by using out-of-band data.

The protocol is described in detail in rshd(8).  

rresvport()

The rresvport() function is used to obtain a socket with a privileged port bound to it. This socket is suitable for use by rcmd() and several other functions. Privileged ports are those in the range 0 to 1023. Only a privileged process (CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE) is allowed to bind to a privileged port. In the glibc implementation, this function restricts its search to the ports from 512 to 1023. The portargument is value-result: the value it supplies to the call is used as the starting point for a circular search of the port range; on (successful) return, it contains the port number that was bound to.  

iruserok() and ruserok()

The iruserok() and ruserok() functions take a remote host's IP address or name, respectively, two usernames and a flag indicating whether the local user's name is that of the superuser. Then, if the user is notthe superuser, it checks the /etc/hosts.equivfile. If that lookup is not done, or is unsuccessful, the .rhostsin the local user's home directory is checked to see if the request for service is allowed.

If this file does not exist, is not a regular file, is owned by anyone other than the user or the superuser, is writable by anyone other than the owner, or is hardlinked anywhere, the check automatically fails. Zero is returned if the machine name is listed in the hosts.equivfile, or the host and remote username are found in the .rhostsfile; otherwise iruserok() and ruserok() return -1. If the local domain (as obtained from gethostname(2)) is the same as the remote domain, only the machine name need be specified.

If the IP address of the remote host is known, iruserok() should be used in preference to ruserok(), as it does not require trusting the DNS server for the remote host's domain.  

*_af() variants

All of the functions described above work with IPv4 (AF_INET) sockets. The "_af" variants take an extra argument that allows the socket address family to be specified. For these functions, the afargument can be specified as AF_INETor AF_INET6. In addition, rcmd_af() supports the use of AF_UNSPEC.  

RETURN VALUE

The rcmd() function returns a valid socket descriptor on success. It returns -1 on error and prints a diagnostic message on the standard error.

The rresvport() function returns a valid, bound socket descriptor on success. It returns -1 on error with the global value errnoset according to the reason for failure. The error code EAGAINis overloaded to mean "All network ports in use."

For information on the return from ruserok() and iruserok(), see above.  

VERSIONS

The functions iruserok_af(), rcmd_af(), rresvport_af(), and ruserok_af() functions are provide in glibc since version 2.2.  

ATTRIBUTES

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).
InterfaceAttributeValue
rcmd(), rcmd_af() Thread safetyMT-Unsafe
rresvport(), rresvport_af() Thread safetyMT-Safe
iruserok(), ruserok(),
iruserok_af(), ruserok_af()
Thread safetyMT-Safe locale

 

CONFORMING TO

Not in POSIX.1. Present on the BSDs, Solaris, and many other systems. These functions appeared in 4.2BSD. The "_af" variants are more recent additions, and are not present on as wide a range of systems.  

BUGS

iruserok() and iruserok_af() are declared in glibc headers only since version 2.12.  

SEE ALSO

rlogin(1), rsh(1), intro(2), rexec(3), rexecd(8), rlogind(8), rshd(8)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
rcmd()
rresvport()
iruserok() and ruserok()
*_af() variants
RETURN VALUE
VERSIONS
ATTRIBUTES
CONFORMING TO
BUGS
SEE ALSO

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