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SubjectRe: [CHECKER] large stack variables (>=1K) in 2.4.4 and 2.4.4-ac8
On Fri, 25 May 2001, Jonathan Lundell wrote:

> At 8:45 AM -0700 2001-05-25, dean gaudet wrote:
> >i think it really depends on how you use current -- here's an alternative
> >usage which can fold the extra addition into the structure offset
> >calculations, and moves the task struct to the top of the stack.
> >
> >not that this really solves anything, 'cause a stack underflow will just
> >trash something else rather than the task struct :)
>
> It would open the door for putting a guard page (which only occupies
> virtual space, after all) below the stack. I have no idea whether
> that's practical, given other constraints, but it's a potential
> benefit of having the stack at the bottom rather than the top of a
> page.

somewhere else in the thread someone indicated this was a hard thing to
do.

also you don't need the task struct at the top to do this -- you just
allocate 16k instead of 8k, put the task struct on page 0 of the
allocation, unmap page 1, and put the stack frame on pages 2 and 3.
(you'd probably have to do a 16k allocation regardless to get the guard
page.)

-dean

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