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BZERO(3) Library Functions Manual BZERO(3)

NAME

bzero, explicit_bzerowrite zeroes to a byte string

SYNOPSIS

#include <strings.h>
void
bzero(void *b, size_t len);
#include <string.h>
void
explicit_bzero(void *b, size_t len);

DESCRIPTION

The bzero() function writes len zero bytes to the string b. If len is zero, bzero() does nothing.
The explicit_bzero() variant behaves the same, but will not be removed by a compiler's dead store optimization pass, making it useful for clearing sensitive memory such as a password.

SEE ALSO

memset(3), swab(3)

STANDARDS

The bzero() function conforms to the X/Open System Interfaces option of the IEEE Std 1003.1-2004 (“POSIX.1”) specification. It was removed from the standard in IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (“POSIX.1”), which recommends using memset(3) instead.
The explicit_bzero() function is an OpenBSD extension.

HISTORY

The bzero() function first appeared in 4.2BSD. The explicit_bzero() function first appeared in OpenBSD 5.5.
October 12, 2017 OpenBSD-current