KEYUTILS(7)                  Kernel key management                 KEYUTILS(7)

       keyutils - in-kernel key management utilities

       The  keyutils package is a library and a set of utilities for accessing
       the kernel keyrings facility.

       A header file is supplied to provide the definitions  and  declarations
       required to access the library:

              #include <keyutils.h>

       To link with the library, the following:


       should be specified to the linker.

       Three system calls are provided:

              Supply a new key to the kernel.

              Find  an existing key for use, or, optionally, create one if one
              does not exist.

              Control a key in various ways.  The library provides  a  variety
              of  wrappers  around  this  system call and those should be used
              rather than calling it directly.

       See the add_key(2), request_key(2), and keyctl(2) manual pages for more

       The keyctl() wrappers are listed on the keyctl(3) manual page.

       A  program is provided to interact with the kernel facility by a number
       of subcommands, e.g.:

              keyctl add user foo bar @s

       See the keyctl(1) manual page for information on that.

       The kernel has the ability to upcall  to  userspace  to  fabricate  new
       keys.   This can be triggered by request_key(), but userspace is better
       off using add_key() instead if it possibly can.

       The upcalling mechanism is usually routed via the  request-key(8)  pro-
       gram.  What this does with any particular key is configurable in:


       See  the  request-key.conf(5)  and  the request-key(8) manual pages for
       more information.

       keyctl(1), keyctl(3), keyrings(7), persistent-keyring(7),
       process-keyring(7), session-keyring(7), thread-keyring(7),
       user-keyring(7), user-session-keyring(7), pam_keyinit(8)

Linux                             21 Feb 2014                      KEYUTILS(7)
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