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Subject[PATCH v1 4/4] landlock_restrict_self.2: Document new syscall
From: Mickaël Salaün <>

This is an adaptation of

Signed-off-by: Mickaël Salaün <>
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+.\" Copyright © 2017-2020 Mickaël Salaün <>
+.\" Copyright © 2019-2020 ANSSI
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+.\" Formatted or processed versions of this manual, if unaccompanied by
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+.TH LANDLOCK_RESTRICT_SELF 2 2021-06-27 Linux "Linux Programmer's Manual"
+landlock_restrict_self \- enforce a Landlock ruleset
+.BR "#include <linux/landlock.h>" " /* Definition of " LANDLOCK_* " constants */"
+.BR "#include <sys/syscall.h>" " /* Definition of " SYS_* " constants */"
+.BI "int syscall(SYS_landlock_restrict_self, int " ruleset_fd ,
+.BI " __u32 " flags );
+Once a Landlock ruleset is populated with the desired rules, the
+.BR landlock_restrict_self (2)
+system call enables enforcing this ruleset on the calling thread. See
+.BR landlock (7)
+for a global overview.
+A thread can be restricted with multiple rulesets that are then composed
+together to form the thread's Landlock domain. This can be seen as a stack
+of rulesets but it is implemented in a more efficient way. A domain can
+only be updated in such a way that the constraints of each past and future
+composed rulesets will restrict the thread and its future children for
+their entire life. It is then possible to gradually enforce tailored
+access control policies with multiple independant rulesets coming from
+different sources (e.g., init system configuration, user session policy,
+built-in application policy). However, most applications should only need
+one call to
+.BR landlock_restrict_self (2)
+and they should avoid arbitrary numbers of such calls because of the
+composed rulesets limit. Instead, developers are encouraged to build a
+tailored ruleset thanks to multiple calls to
+.BR landlock_add_rule (2)
+In order to enforce a ruleset, either the caller must have the
+capability in its user namespace, or the thread must already have the
+.I no_new_privs
+bit set. As for
+.BR seccomp (2)
+, this avoids scenarios where unprivileged processes can affect the
+behavior of privileged children (e.g., because of set-user-ID binaries).
+If that bit was not already set by an ancestor of this thread, the thread
+must make the following call:
+prctl(PR_SET_NO_NEW_PRIVS, 1, 0, 0, 0);
+.I ruleset_fd
+is a Landlock ruleset file descriptor obtained with
+.BR landlock_create_ruleset (2)
+and fully populated with a set of calls to
+.BR landlock_add_rule (2)
+.I flags
+must be 0.
+On success,
+.BR landlock_restrict_self (2)
+returns 0.
+.BR landlock_restrict_self (2)
+can failed for the following reasons:
+Landlock is supported by the kernel but disabled at boot time.
+.I flags
+is not 0.
+.I ruleset_fd
+is not a file descriptor for the current thread.
+.I ruleset_fd
+is not a ruleset file descriptor.
+.I ruleset_fd
+has no read access to the underlying ruleset, or the calling thread is not
+running with
+.I no_new_privs
+, or it doesn't have the
+in its user namespace.
+The maximum number of composed rulesets is reached for the calling thread.
+This limit is currently 64.
+Landlock was added in Linux 5.13.
+.BR landlock (7),
+.BR landlock_create_ruleset (2),
+.BR landlock_add_rule (2)
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