gss_export_sec_context - API function
OM_uint32 gss_export_sec_context(OM_uint32 * minor_status, gss_ctx_id_t
* context_handle, gss_buffer_t interprocess_token);
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.
(buffer, opaque, modify) Token to be
transferred to target process. Storage associated with
token must be freed by the application after use with a
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
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
‘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.
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