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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Gerd Hoffman's move-vsyscall-into-user-address-range patch
Jakub Jelinek wrote:
>
> That's known bug in early glibcs short after adding vDSO support.
> The vDSO support has been added in May 2003 to CVS glibc (i.e. post glibc
> 2.3.2) and the problems have been fixed when they were discovered, in
> February 2004:
> http://sources.redhat.com/ml/libc-hacker/2004-02/msg00053.html
> http://sources.redhat.com/ml/libc-hacker/2004-02/msg00059.html
>
> I strongly believe we want randomized vDSOs, people are already abusing the
> fix mapped vDSO for attacks, and I think the unfortunate 10 months of broken
> glibc shouldn't stop that forever. Anyone using such glibc can still use
> vdso=0, or do that just once and upgrade to somewhat more recent glibc.
>

While I'm now inclined to agree with randomization, I think the default
should be off. You can quite easily "echo 1 >
/proc/sys/kernel/vdso_randomization" in the RC scripts, which allows you
to maintain compatibility for everyone and get randomization turned on
early enough to thwart attacks against any vulnerable daemons.

Zach
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