Non-Executable Stack Patch

David Schultz das at FreeBSD.ORG
Sat Jun 7 17:59:32 PDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 05, 2003, Erik Paulsen Skaalerud wrote:
> > From: owner-freebsd-security at
> > [mailto:owner-freebsd-security at] On Behalf Of Tim Baur
> > Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 6:24 AM
> > To: freebsd-security at
> > On Wed, 4 Jun 2003, Tony Meman wrote:
> > > I was wondering if there's any non-executable stack patch for
> > > FreeBSD's kernel.
> >
> >
> >-tbaur
> Can anyone here share their experiences with this patch? I've heard very
> little talk about it really, I'm looking for others oppinions before I try
> to patch gcc with this. Any major slowdowns on the userland? And if its
> major, how much?

The original StackGuard implementation had massive overhead:
several orders of magnitude for common programs.  It looks like
the fellows at IBM have managed to do significantly better:

I personally am not particularly interested in a fix that makes
buffer overflows harder to exploit, given that buffer overflows
constitute a problem that can be completely solved without the
same performance loss by switching to a safer language.
Nevertheless, there's enough useful C code out there that this
could be useful.  It would be cool to have as an optional part of
FreeBSD, assuming we wouldn't have to maintain massive diffs
against gcc or something.  (gcc uses this by default now, right?)

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