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    SubjectRe: bug in write(2) system call.
    Chris Wedgwood <> said:


    > Basically... if you pass bogus addresses and pointers to the kernel,
    > depending on what OS and version you are running, you might get an
    > EFAULT and you might not.

    This is (somewhat) OK.

    > There is no wrong or right way - and no simple fix other than DON'T

    You should try not to, but the kernel _can't_ just believe in your
    guarantees. For all it knows, you might be Kubys ;-)

    > In linux 2.0.x and more traditional kernels, the verify_area checks
    > will determine the address of bogus before reading or writing any
    > data, under 2.1.x and I think also NetBSD, if the start of the memory
    > range you spcific is legitimate, some data will be read and written.

    In the 2.1.xx kernels this mechanism was replaced by a nifty, no-overhead
    use of the MM to do the same thing: No checks, but if an illegal access is
    attempted, the kernel gets an exception. Look at your nearest Documentation
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