Linux PID Namespace Support

The LinuxSUIDSandbox currently relies on support for the CLONE_NEWPID flag in Linux's clone() system call. You can check whether your system supports PID namespaces with the code below, which must be run as root:

#define _GNU_SOURCE
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sched.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/wait.h>

#if !defined(CLONE_NEWPID)
#define CLONE_NEWPID 0x20000000

int worker(void* arg) {
  const pid_t pid = getpid();
  if (pid == 1) {
    printf("PID namespaces are working\n");
  } else {
    printf("PID namespaces ARE NOT working. Child pid: %d\n", pid);

  return 0;

int main() {
  if (getuid()) {
    fprintf(stderr, "Must be run as root.\n");
    return 1;

  char stack[8192];
  const pid_t child = clone(worker, stack + sizeof(stack), CLONE_NEWPID, NULL);
  if (child == -1) {
    fprintf(stderr, "Clone failed. PID namespaces ARE NOT supported\n");

  waitpid(child, NULL, 0);

  return 0;