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SubjectRe: [kernel-hardening] Re: [PATCH v2 2/3] Mark functions with the __nocapture attribute
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On Tue, 2016-07-12 at 15:08 -0400, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM, Emese Revfy <re.emese@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > The nocapture gcc attribute can be on functions only.
> > The attribute takes one or more unsigned integer constants as
> > parameters
> > that specify the function argument(s) of const char* type to
> > initify.
> > If the marked argument is a vararg then the plugin initifies
> > all vararg arguments.
>
> Why is this called "nocapture"? Not captured by what? It seems like
> it
> means "initify this if possible". Am I misunderstanding its purpose?

It means they don't escape via that function, i.e. they aren't stored
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