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Re: machine independent protection from stack-smashing attack
From: Michael Nelson <mikenel () IAPETUS COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 17:08:44 -0400

On Mon, 11 Sep 2000, Yarrow Charnot wrote:

In other words, if the attribute READ is set, the page is automatically made
EXECUTABLE. If you trace NT and 9X kernels up to the point where they set
that attribute, they ignore your request to make it READ-ONLY
(NON-EXECUTABLE) on purpose. What purpose? Who on Earth would want to keep
your data segments executable??? If you want to make it executable, one call
to this function enables it for you! Why did they restrict its behaviour
completely disallowing *READ ONLY* pages???

Intel X86 does not support exec/noexec on a per-page basis.

-mike


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