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SubjectRe: Unexecutable stack
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Steve VanDevender <stevev@efn.org> said:

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> In theory it is possible to write executable code into a buffer
> in the data segment and overflow a buffer in the stack so that
> the stack frame contains a return address that points into that
> data. In practice it is much harder to create an exploit with
> this method as it requires quite detailed knowledge of the data
> segment layout.

Yep, it is somewhat harder, and thus not done regularly by crackers today,
as this is rarely needed now. If/when this becomes common, the cracks will
become common too. Then we are where we started. Better than buying (false)
security is to fix the affected programs.
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