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// +build linux
package utils
* Copyright 2016, 2017 SUSE LLC
* Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
* you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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import (
// MaxSendfdLen is the maximum length of the name of a file descriptor being
// sent using SendFd. The name of the file handle returned by RecvFd will never
// be larger than this value.
const MaxNameLen = 4096
// oobSpace is the size of the oob slice required to store a single FD. Note
// that unix.UnixRights appears to make the assumption that fd is always int32,
// so sizeof(fd) = 4.
var oobSpace = unix.CmsgSpace(4)
// RecvFd waits for a file descriptor to be sent over the given AF_UNIX
// socket. The file name of the remote file descriptor will be recreated
// locally (it is sent as non-auxiliary data in the same payload).
func RecvFd(socket *os.File) (*os.File, error) {
// For some reason, unix.Recvmsg uses the length rather than the capacity
// when passing the msg_controllen and other attributes to recvmsg. So we
// have to actually set the length.
name := make([]byte, MaxNameLen)
oob := make([]byte, oobSpace)
sockfd := socket.Fd()
n, oobn, _, _, err := unix.Recvmsg(int(sockfd), name, oob, 0)
if err != nil {
return nil, err
if n >= MaxNameLen || oobn != oobSpace {
return nil, fmt.Errorf("recvfd: incorrect number of bytes read (n=%d oobn=%d)", n, oobn)
// Truncate.
name = name[:n]
oob = oob[:oobn]
scms, err := unix.ParseSocketControlMessage(oob)
if err != nil {
return nil, err
if len(scms) != 1 {
return nil, fmt.Errorf("recvfd: number of SCMs is not 1: %d", len(scms))
scm := scms[0]
fds, err := unix.ParseUnixRights(&scm)
if err != nil {
return nil, err
if len(fds) != 1 {
return nil, fmt.Errorf("recvfd: number of fds is not 1: %d", len(fds))
fd := uintptr(fds[0])
return os.NewFile(fd, string(name)), nil
// SendFd sends a file descriptor over the given AF_UNIX socket. In
// addition, the file.Name() of the given file will also be sent as
// non-auxiliary data in the same payload (allowing to send contextual
// information for a file descriptor).
func SendFd(socket *os.File, name string, fd uintptr) error {
if len(name) >= MaxNameLen {
return fmt.Errorf("sendfd: filename too long: %s", name)
oob := unix.UnixRights(int(fd))
return unix.Sendmsg(int(socket.Fd()), []byte(name), oob, nil, 0)
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