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NAME         top

       seccomp_api_get, seccomp_api_set - Manage the libseccomp API

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <seccomp.h>

       const unsigned int seccomp_api_get(void);
       int seccomp_api_set(unsigned int level);

       Link with -lseccomp.

DESCRIPTION         top

       The seccomp_api_get() function returns an integer representing
       the functionality ("API level") provided by the current running
       kernel.  It is important to note that while seccomp_api_get() can
       be called multiple times, the kernel is only probed the first
       time to see what functionality is supported, all following calls
       to seccomp_api_get() return a cached value.

       The seccomp_api_set() function allows callers to force the API
       level to the provided value; however, this is almost always a bad
       idea and use of this function is strongly discouraged.

       The different API level values are described below:

       0      Reserved value, not currently used.

       1      Base level support.

       2      The SCMP_FLTATR_CTL_TSYNC filter attribute is supported
              and libseccomp uses the seccomp(2) syscall to load the
              seccomp filter into the kernel.

       3      The SCMP_FLTATR_CTL_LOG filter attribute and the
              SCMP_ACT_LOG action are supported.

       4      The SCMP_FLTATR_CTL_SSB filter attribute is supported.

       5      The SCMP_ACT_NOTIFY action and the notify APIs are

       6      The simultaneous use of SCMP_FLTATR_CTL_TSYNC and the
              notify APIs are supported.

       7      The SCMP_FLTATR_CTL_WAITKILL filter attribute is

RETURN VALUE         top

       The seccomp_api_get() function returns an integer representing
       the supported API level.  The seccomp_api_set() function returns
       zero on success, negative values on failure.

EXAMPLES         top

       #include <seccomp.h>

       int main(int argc, char *argv[])
            unsigned int api;

            api = seccomp_api_get();
            switch (api) {
            case 2:
                 /* ... */
                 /* ... */

            return 0;

            return 1;

NOTES         top

       While the seccomp filter can be generated independent of the
       kernel, kernel support is required to load and enforce the
       seccomp filter generated by libseccomp.

       The libseccomp project site, with more information and the source
       code repository, can be found at  This tool, as well as the
       libseccomp library, is currently under development, please report
       any bugs at the project site or directly to the author.

AUTHOR         top

       Paul Moore <>

COLOPHON         top

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