gss_acquire_cred(3) gss gss_acquire_cred(3)

gss_acquire_cred - API function

#include <gss.h>

OM_uint32 gss_acquire_cred(OM_uint32 * minor_status, const gss_name_t desired_name, OM_uint32 time_req, const gss_OID_set desired_mechs, gss_cred_usage_t cred_usage, gss_cred_id_t * output_cred_handle, gss_OID_set * actual_mechs, OM_uint32 * time_rec);

(integer, modify) Mechanism specific status code.
(gss_name_t, read) Name of principal whose
credential should be acquired.
(Integer, read, optional) Number of seconds that
credentials should remain valid. Specify GSS_C_INDEFINITE to
request that the credentials have the maximum permitted lifetime.
(Set of Object IDs, read, optional) Set of
underlying security mechanisms that may be used.
GSS_C_NO_OID_SET may be used to obtain an implementation-specific
(gss_cred_usage_t, read) GSS_C_BOTH - Credentials may
be used either to initiate or accept security contexts.
GSS_C_INITIATE - Credentials will only be used to initiate
security contexts. GSS_C_ACCEPT - Credentials will only be used
to accept security contexts.
(gss_cred_id_t, modify) The returned
credential handle. Resources associated with this credential
handle must be released by the application after use with a call
to gss_release_cred().
(Set of Object IDs, modify, optional) The set of
mechanisms for which the credential is valid. Storage associated
with the returned OID-set must be released by the application
after use with a call to gss_release_oid_set(). Specify NULL if
not required.
(Integer, modify, optional) Actual number of seconds for
which the returned credentials will remain valid. If the
implementation does not support expiration of credentials, the
value GSS_C_INDEFINITE will be returned. Specify NULL if not

Allows an application to acquire a handle for a pre-existing credential by name. GSS-API implementations must impose a local access-control policy on callers of this routine to prevent unauthorized callers from acquiring credentials to which they are not entitled. This routine is not intended to provide a "login to the network" function, as such a function would involve the creation of new credentials rather than merely acquiring a handle to existing credentials. Such functions, if required, should be defined in implementation-specific extensions to the API.

If desired_name is GSS_C_NO_NAME, the call is interpreted as a request for a credential handle that will invoke default behavior when passed to gss_init_sec_context() (if cred_usage is GSS_C_INITIATE or GSS_C_BOTH) or gss_accept_sec_context() (if cred_usage is GSS_C_ACCEPT or GSS_C_BOTH).

Mechanisms should honor the desired_mechs parameter, and return a credential that is suitable to use only with the requested mechanisms. An exception to this is the case where one underlying credential element can be shared by multiple mechanisms; in this case it is permissible for an implementation to indicate all mechanisms with which the credential element may be used. If desired_mechs is an empty set, behavior is undefined.

This routine is expected to be used primarily by context acceptors, since implementations are likely to provide mechanism-specific ways of obtaining GSS-API initiator credentials from the system login process. Some implementations may therefore not support the acquisition of GSS_C_INITIATE or GSS_C_BOTH credentials via gss_acquire_cred for any name other than GSS_C_NO_NAME, or a name produced by applying either gss_inquire_cred to a valid credential, or gss_inquire_context to an active context.

If credential acquisition is time-consuming for a mechanism, the mechanism may choose to delay the actual acquisition until the credential is required (e.g. by gss_init_sec_context or gss_accept_sec_context). Such mechanism-specific implementation decisions should be invisible to the calling application; thus a call of gss_inquire_cred immediately following the call of gss_acquire_cred must return valid credential data, and may therefore incur the overhead of a deferred credential acquisition.

`GSS_S_COMPLETE`: Successful completion.

`GSS_S_BAD_MECH`: Unavailable mechanism requested.

`GSS_S_BAD_NAMETYPE`: Type contained within desired_name parameter is not supported.

`GSS_S_BAD_NAME`: Value supplied for desired_name parameter is ill formed.

`GSS_S_CREDENTIALS_EXPIRED`: The credentials could not be acquired Because they have expired.

`GSS_S_NO_CRED`: No credentials were found for the specified name.

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