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seccomp_load(3)           libseccomp Documentation           seccomp_load(3)

NAME         top

       seccomp_load - Load the current seccomp filter into the kernel

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <seccomp.h>

       typedef void * scmp_filter_ctx;

       int seccomp_load(scmp_filter_ctx ctx);

       Link with -lseccomp.

DESCRIPTION         top

       Loads the seccomp filter provided by ctx into the kernel; if the
       function succeeds the new seccomp filter will be active when the
       function returns.

       As it is possible to have multiple stacked seccomp filters for a
       given task (defined as either a process or a thread), it is important
       to remember that each of the filters loaded for a given task are
       executed when a syscall is made and the "strictest" rule is the rule
       that is applied.  In the case of seccomp, "strictest" is defined as
       the action with the lowest value (e.g.  SCMP_ACT_KILL is "stricter"
       than SCMP_ACT_ALLOW ).

RETURN VALUE         top

       Returns zero on success or one of the following error codes on

              There was a system failure beyond the control of the library.

              Internal libseccomp failure.

              Invalid input, either the context or architecture token is

              The library was unable to allocate enough memory.

       -ESRCH Unable to load the filter due to thread issues.

       If the SCMP_FLTATR_API_SYSRAWRC filter attribute is non-zero then
       additional error codes may be returned to the caller; these
       additional error codes are the negative errno values returned by the
       system.  Unfortunately libseccomp can make no guarantees about these
       return values.

EXAMPLES         top

       #include <seccomp.h>

       int main(int argc, char *argv[])
            int rc = -1;
            scmp_filter_ctx ctx;

            ctx = seccomp_init(SCMP_ACT_KILL);
            if (ctx == NULL)
                 goto out;

            /* ... */

            rc = seccomp_load(ctx);
            if (rc < 0)
                 goto out;

            /* ... */

            return -rc;

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 <>

SEE ALSO         top

       seccomp_init(3), seccomp_reset(3), seccomp_release(3),
       seccomp_rule_add(3), seccomp_rule_add_exact(3)

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