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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 08/10] x86-64: Emulate vsyscalls

* Andrew Lutomirski <> wrote:

> On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 3:46 AM, Ingo Molnar <> wrote:
> >
> > * Andy Lutomirski <luto@MIT.EDU> wrote:
> >
> >> There's a fair amount of code in the vsyscall page, and who knows
> >> what will happen if an exploit jumps into the middle of it.  Reduce
> >> the risk by replacing most of it with short magic incantations that
> >> are useless if entered in the middle.  This change can be disabled
> >> by CONFIG_UNSAFE_VSYSCALLS (default y).
> >
> > btw., please flip the default or consider removing the option
> > altogether.
> >
> > We want to improve security and we want safe vsyscalls the default,
> > and it's no good if we make it too easy for users to keep the fire
> > door open all the time! :-)
> I'd advocate waiting until glibc 2.14 comes out with this change:
> I want to add a warning (ratelimited to an extremely low rate) in v3
> whenever any of the vsyscalls get used telling users that their legacy
> code is suffering a performance impact, but it seems like bad form to
> tell people to build glibc from git to avoid a regression.

But only statically built binaries would be impacted in practice,
right? The number of statically built binaries that heavily rely on
vsyscalls ought to be a very small set ...


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