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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/9] exec: add a global execve counter
On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
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> I wonder if the number part of exec_id would even have to be 64-bit. I
> think I can do about 10000 execves per second if I make the program a
> small static one - and that's on a fast CPU. And it's a per-thread
> counter, so you can't scale it with lots of CPU's. So it would take
> something like four days to wrap. Hmm..

Actually, using a pure counter is horrible, because even if it takes
four days to wrap, it *will* wrap, and the attacker can just count his
own execve's.

If, instead, you were to use a counter that counts *independently* of
execve's, you're much better off.

And if you use one that is free - because the CPU implements it
natively - you're even better off.

IOW, why is the exec-id just the time stamp counter (on any random cpu
- we really don't care)? That should be safe even in just 32 bits
exactly because it's not under the control of the user.

And it's zero cost for us to update.

Linus


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