EXEC_ATTR(5) Standards, Environments, and Macros EXEC_ATTR(5)


exec_attr - execution profiles database




/etc/security/exec_attr is a local database that specifies the execution
attributes associated with profiles. The exec_attr file can be used with
other sources for execution profiles, including the exec_attr NIS map.
Programs use the getexecattr(3SECDB) routines to access this information.

The search order for multiple execution profile sources is specified in
the /etc/nsswitch.conf file, as described in the nsswitch.conf(5) man
page. The search order follows the entry for prof_attr(5).

A profile is a logical grouping of authorizations and commands that is
interpreted by a profile shell to form a secure execution environment.
The shells that interpret profiles are pfcsh, pfksh, and pfsh. See the
pfsh(1) man page. Each user's account is assigned zero or more profiles
in the user_attr(5) database file.

Each entry in the exec_attr database consists of one line of text
containing seven fields separated by colons (:). Line continuations using
the backslash (\) character are permitted. The basic format of each entry


The name of the profile. Profile names are case-sensitive.

The security policy that is associated with the profile entry.
The valid policies are suser (standard Solaris superuser) and
solaris. The solaris policy recognizes privileges (see
privileges(7)); the suser policy does not.

The solaris and suser policies can coexist in the same
exec_attr database, so that Solaris releases prior to the
current release can use the suser policy and the current
Solaris release can use a solaris policy. solaris is a superset
of suser; it allows you to specify privileges in addition to
UIDs. Policies that are specific to the current release of
Solaris or that contain privileges should use solaris.
Policies that use UIDs only or that are not specific to the
current Solaris release should use suser.

The type of object defined in the profile. The only valid type
is cmd, which specifies that the ID field is a command that
would be executed by a shell.

Reserved for future use.

Reserved for future use.

A string that uniquely identifies the object described by the
profile. The id is either the full path to the command or the
asterisk (*) symbol, which is used to allow all commands. An
asterisk that replaces the filename component in a pathname
indicates all files in a particular directory.

To specify arguments, the pathname should point to a shell
script that is written to execute the command with the desired
argument. In a Bourne shell, the effective UID is reset to the
real UID of the process when the effective UID is less than 100
and not equal to the real UID. Depending on the euid and egid
values, Bourne shell limitations might make other shells
preferable. To prevent the effective UIDs from being reset to
real UIDs, you can start the script with the -p option.

#!/bin/sh -p

An optional list of semicolon-separated (;) key-value pairs
that describe the security attributes to apply to the object
upon execution. Zero or more keys may be specified. The list of
valid key words depends on the policy enforced. The following
key words are valid: euid, uid, egid, gid, privs, and

euid and uid contain a single user name or a numeric user ID.
Commands designated with euid run with the effective UID
indicated, which is similar to setting the setuid bit on an
executable file. Commands designated with uid run with both the
real and effective UIDs. Setting uid may be more appropriate
than setting the euid on privileged shell scripts.

egid and gid contain a single group name or a numeric group ID.
Commands designated with egid run with the effective GID
indicated, which is similar to setting the setgid bit on a
file. Commands designated with gid run with both the real and
effective GIDs. Setting gid may be more appropriate than
setting guid on privileged shell scripts.

privs contains a privilege set which will be added to the
inheritable set prior to running the command.

limitprivs contains a privilege set which will be assigned to
the limit set prior to running the command.

privs and limitprivs are only valid for the solaris policy.


Example 1: Using Effective User ID

The following example shows the audit command specified in the Audit
Control profile to execute with an effective user ID of root (0):

Audit Control:suser:cmd:::/usr/sbin/audit:euid=0






See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

|Availibility | SUNWcsr |
|Interface Stability | See below. |

The command-line syntax is Committed. The output is Uncommitted.


Because the list of legal keys is likely to expand, any code that parses
this database must be written to ignore unknown key-value pairs without
error. When any new keywords are created, the names should be prefixed
with a unique string, such as the company's stock symbol, to avoid
potential naming conflicts.

The following characters are used in describing the database format and
must be escaped with a backslash if used as data: colon (:), semicolon
(;), equals (=), and backslash (\).


auths(1), profiles(1), roles(1), sh(1), getauthattr(3SECDB),
getexecattr(3SECDB), getprofattr(3SECDB), getuserattr(3SECDB),
kva_match(3SECDB), auth_attr(5), prof_attr(5), user_attr(5),
attributes(7), privileges(7), makedbm(8)

August 3, 2017 EXEC_ATTR(5)