in reply to RE: Re: Unix-y question
in thread Unix-y question
One thing to note is that if you are running as non-root, the real and saved uid are not changed to the new uid.
setuid() will set the uid for the current process only, existing children and parents are unaffected (although children spawned after a setuid() will inherit the parent's new uid). Threads are a different matter, under Linux a setuid() affects only the calling thread but I believe that on most other Unices a setuid() in a thread will affect all threads. One common mistake when using setuid()/setgid() is to call them in the order setuid(), setgid() which won't work because once you have dropped root privileges with setuid(), the setgid() won't work unless the gid matches your effective or saved gid, so do a setgid() followed setuid() to drop root group privileges.