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recvmmsg_time32 system call - an implementation for recvmmsg for 32-bit timeval structures.


The recvmmsg_time32() system call is an implementation of the recvmmsg() system call that uses the old_timespec32 data type instead of timespec. This allows the receiving of multiple messages with a single system call, instead of multiple calls. The old_timespec32 structure allows a 32-bit seconds and microseconds fields, as opposed to the timespec structure, which uses a 64-bit nanoseconds field.

This function is using pointers to user space memory, to fetch multiple messages, which could be potentialy vulnerable to TOCTOU (Time Of Check, Time Of Use) attacks.


  • fd:int[KU] - The file descriptor from which to receive the message.
  • mmsg:struct mmsghdr*[KU] - A pointer to an array of mmsghdr structures containing information about the messages that are to be received by recvmsg().
  • vlen:unsigned int[K] - The length of the array of mmsghdr structures.
  • flags:unsigned int[K] - The flags to be used for the recvmsg() syscalls used in the process.
  • timeout:struct old_timespec32*[K] - A pointer to a struct old_timespec32 containing the timeout for the recvmmsg call to wait for incoming messages.

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)






To trace calls to the recvmmsg_time32 syscall.



Ptrace hook


To be able to hook the recvmmsg_time32 syscall, and modify its arguments before syscall enter.

Example Use Case

This system call can be used to receive multiple messages in one system call, for example for an event-based server application. It can be used to wait in a select()-like loop on multiple sockets, but instead of having to perform multiple recvmsg() calls, a single recvmmsg_time32() system call can be used to receive messages from all the sockets.



  • recvmsg,
  • sendmsg,
  • select,
  • poll,
  • epoll_wait

This document was automatically generated by OpenAI and needs review. It might not be accurate and might contain errors. The authors of Tracee recommend that the user reads the "events.go" source file to understand the events and their arguments better.