bstring, bcopy, bcmp, bzero, explicit_bzero - memory operations
#include <strings.h> void bcopy(const void *s1, void *s2, size_t n);
int bcmp(const void *s1, const void *s2, size_t n);
void bzero(void *s, size_t n);
void explicit_bzero(void *s, size_t n);
The bcopy(), bcmp(), bzero(), and explicit_bzero() functions operate as efficiently as possible on memory areas (arrays of bytes bounded by a count, not terminated by a null character). They do not check for the overflow of any receiving memory area. These functions are similar to the memcpy(), memcmp(), memset(), and explicit_memset() functions described on the memory(3C) manual page.
The bcopy() function copies n bytes from memory area s1 to s2. Copying between objects that overlap will take place correctly.
The bcmp() function compares the first n bytes of its arguments, returning 0 if they are identical and 1 otherwise. The bcmp() function always returns 0 when n is 0.
The bzero() function sets the first n bytes in memory area s to 0.
The explicit_bzero() function performs the same operation as bzero(). It differs from bzero() in that it will not be removed by compiler dead store analysis. The explicit_bzero() function is useful for clearing no longer needed sensitive data to ensure that it does not remain accessible in process memory.
These functions are provided for compatibility with older code. The memcpy(), memcmp(), and memset() functions defined by the C standards are more portable and preferred in newly written code.
The bcopy() function takes the first two parameters in the opposite order of memcpy(). See memory(3C).
See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:
See standards(7) for descriptions of the following standards:
The explicit_bzero() function first appeared in OpenBSD 5.5 and was added to Oracle Solaris in the Solaris 11.4.12 release.
The bcopy(), bcmp(), and bzero() functions were added to libc in the Solaris 2.5 release. In Solaris 2 releases prior to 2.5 they were in the libucb library.