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    Subject[patch] updated exec-shield patch, 2.4/2.6 -G3

    in the recent boom of buffer-overflow bugs in various open-source packages
    i got lots of requests for exec-shield being ported to various popular
    kernel trees. Here's the latest update of exec-shield:

    against vanilla 2.6.0-test5:

    against vanilla 2.4.22:

    against 2.4.22-ac + NPTL:

    [ ]

    Changes in this exec-shield version:

    - more refined support for PIE binaries (Position Independent Executables
    - a feature of latest binutils)

    - complete randomization of the whole address space [except the static
    binary mappings for non-PIE binaries]. Randomized executable mappings,
    heap, data mappings, stack, env/argv/aux spaces. With PIE binaries
    there's not a single constant address left.

    - ability to turn off exec-shield without changing the binary.
    (try 'setarch i386 /bin/cat /proc/self/maps'.)

    - various compatibility features and fixes.

    - randomization can be turned off via /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield-randomize.

    valid /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield levels are:

    = 0 exec-shield disabled
    = 1 exec-shield on PT_GNU_STACK executables [ie. binaries compiled
    with newest gcc]
    = 2 (default) exec-shield on all executables

    value 1 is recommended with glibc and gcc versions that support
    PT_GNU_STACK all across the spectrum. (Fedora Core test2 [released
    yesterday] includes all of this and all applications were recompiled to
    have valid PT_GNU_STACK settings.) On other systems the value of '2' is
    recommended, use setarch for those binaries that cannot take exec-shield
    [eg. Loki games].

    reports, comments welcome. Enjoy it,

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