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.TH "PERSISTENT KEYRING" 7 "20 Feb 2014" Linux "Kernel key management"
persistent_keyring \- Per-user persistent keyring
.B persistent keyring
is a keyring used to anchor keys on behalf of a user. Each UID the kernel
deals with has its own persistent keyring that is shared between all threads
owned by that UID.
The persistent keyring is created on demand when a thread requests it. The
keyring's expiration timer is reset every time it is accessed to the value in:
The persistent keyring is not searched by \fBrequest_key\fP() unless it is
referred to by a keyring that is.
The persistent keyring may not be accessed directly, even by processes with
the appropriate UID. Instead it must be linked to one of a process's keyrings
first before that keyring can access it by virtue of its possessor permits.
This is done with \fBkeyctl_get_persistent\fP().
Persistent keyrings are independent of clone(), fork(), vfork(), execve() and
exit(). They persist until their expiration timers trigger - at which point
they are garbage collected. This allows them to carry keys beyond the life of
the kernel's record of the corresponding UID (the destruction of which results
in the destruction of the user and user session keyrings).
If a persistent keyring does not exist when it is accessed, it will be
The keyutils library provides a special operation for manipulating persistent
.IP \fBkeyctl_get_persistent\fP()
This operation allows the caller to get the persistent keyring corresponding
to their own UID or, if they have \fBCAP_SETUID\fR, the persistent keyring
corresponding to some other UID in the same user namespace.
.BR keyctl (1),
.BR keyctl (3),
.BR keyctl_get_persistent (3),
.BR keyrings (7),
.BR process-keyring (7),
.BR session-keyring (7),
.BR thread-keyring (7),
.BR user-keyring (7),
.BR user-session-keyring (7)