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Subject[Patch 3 of 8] Introduce a config option for stack-protector
This patch adds the config options for -fstack-protector

Signed-off-by: Arjan van de Ven <>

arch/x86_64/Kconfig | 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 25 insertions(+)

Index: linux-2.6.16-rc6-stack-protector/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
--- linux-2.6.16-rc6-stack-protector.orig/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
+++ linux-2.6.16-rc6-stack-protector/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
@@ -462,6 +462,31 @@ config SECCOMP

If unsure, say Y. Only embedded should say N here.

+ bool "Enable -fstack-protector buffer overflow detection (EXPRIMENTAL)"
+ depends on EXPERIMENTAL
+ default n
+ help
+ This option turns on the -fstack-protector GCC feature that is new
+ in GCC version 4.1. This feature puts, at the beginning of
+ critical functions, a canary value on the stack just before the return
+ address, and validates the value just before actually returning.
+ Stack based buffer overflows that need to overwrite this return
+ address now also overwrite the canary, which gets detected.
+ At this point this requires a special, patched GCC compiler!
+ Do not enable this unless you are using such a compiler.
+ bool "Use stack-protector for all functions"
+ depends on STACK_PROTECTOR
+ default n
+ help
+ Normally, GCC only inserts the canary value protection for
+ functions that use large-ish on-stack buffers. By enabling
+ this option, GCC will be asked to do this for ALL functions.
source kernel/Kconfig.hz

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