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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Parameter-controlled mmap/stack randomization

    > >>> On Fri, 2006-05-19 at 21:00 -0400, John Richard Moser wrote:
    > >>>> Any comments on this one?
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I'm trying to control the stack and heap randomization via command-line
    > >>>> parameters.
    > >>> why? this doesn't really sound like something that needs to be tunable
    > >>> to that extend; either it's on or it's off (which is tunable already),
    > >>> the exact amount should just be the right value. While I often disagree
    > >>> with the gnome desktop guys, they have some point when they say that
    > >>> if you can get it right you shouldn't provide a knob.
    > >> This is a "One Size Fits All" argument.
    > >>
    > >> Oracle breaks with 256M stack/mmap() randomization, so does Linus' mail
    > >> client. That's why we have 8M stack and 1M mmap().
    > >>
    > >> On the other hand, some things[1][2][3] may give us the undesirable
    > >> situation where-- even on an x86-64 with real NX-bit love-- there's an
    > >> executable stack. The stack randomization in this case can likely be
    > >> weakened by, say, 8 bits by padding your shellcode with 1-byte NOPs
    > >> (there's a zillion of these, like inc %eax) up to 4096 bytes. This
    > >> leaves 1 success case for every 2047 fail cases.
    > >
    > > Maybe we can add more bits of randomness when there's enough address
    > > space -- like in x86-64 case?
    > Yes but how many? I set the max in my working copy (by the way, I
    > patched it into Ubuntu Dapper kernel, built, tested, it works) at 1/12
    > of TASK_SIZE; on x86-64, that's 128TiB / 12 -> 10.667TiB -> long_log2()
    > - -> 43 bits -> 8TiB of VMA, which becomes 31 bits mmap() and 39 bits stack.
    > That's feasible, it's nice, it's fregging huge. Can we justify it? ...
    > well we can't justify NOT doing it without the ad hominem "We Don't Need
    > That Because It's Not Necessary", but that's not the hard part around here.

    Well, making it configurable and pushing hard decision to the user is
    not right approach, either. I believe we need different
    per-architecture defaults, not "make user configure it".
    (cesky, pictures)
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