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pwrite64 - A system call that writes data from a buffer described by buf of a given size count to a given file descriptor fd at a certain offset offset in the open file.


The pwrite64 system call, like the write system call, writes data from a buffer described by buf of a given size count to a specified file descriptor fd. The pwrite64 system call differs from the write system call in that it writes a specified number of bytes to an open file descriptor at an offset instead of the current position. This offset can be specified with offset, a parameter of type off_t, which is a signed integer integer type frequently used to specify an offset or distance.This behavior is useful if, for example, an application needs to write data to a file at specific locations.

The pwrite64 system call is not vulnerable to Time-of-Check Time-of-Use (TOCTOU) because the parameters are evaluated before any action is taken.


  • fd:int[K] - The file descriptor.
  • buf:const void*[KU] - Pointer to the buffer containing data for write operation.
  • count:size_t[K] - Quantity of data, in bytes, to be written to the file descriptor.
  • offset:off_t[K] - Specifies the position in the file where the data issued from buf should be written.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.
  • U - Originated from user space (for example, pointer to user space memory used to get it)
  • TOCTOU - Vulnerable to TOCTOU (time of check, time of use)
  • OPT - Optional argument - might not always be available (passed with null value)






Used to keep track of all calls to pwrite64 system call.





Used to observe the start of all the execution of group 2 system calls.

Example Use Case

The pwrite64 system call can be used by programs that need to modify an existing file in a very precise way. A good example would be a text editor that uses pwrite64 to modify the file at a particular byte offset, ensuring that it keeps the original file structure intact.


Due to its parameters, the pwrite64 system call can be rather slow when dealing with large files since its read/write operations occur at an offset specified in the parameter offset; hence, it performs one operation at a time (as opposed to write system call).

  • write
  • pwritev64

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