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Linux patch for blocking buffer overflow based attacks
From: massimo () IAC RM CNR IT (massimo () IAC RM CNR IT)
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 16:10:09 +0100


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http://www.iac.rm.cnr.it/newweb/tecno/software/indexsoftware.htm

is available a patch to the Linux kernel that  we developed for blocking (most)
buffer overflow based attacks.
Basically we instrument some "critical" systems calls (execve, chmod,...) to
check a database of information provided by the system administrator by means
of a modified chmod command (also included in the software).
A README file explains the installation procedure whereas a paper
(BufOverA.ps.gz), that is submitted to the 9 Usenix Security Symposium,
describes the details of our approach.
We like to stress that this is NOT an alternative to solutions like StackGuard
or ITS4 rather it should be considered an additional protection mechanism.
The code has been tested for several months in our organizations
(Rome University "La Sapienza" and Institute for Computing Applications) and
should be compatible with any kernel >= 2.2.12-20.
For any question, comment, suggestion, send a note to: emgab () tiscalinet it 

Have a nice day,
Massimo

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