reading process memory

James Riendeau jtriende at
Wed Jun 7 21:40:27 UTC 2006

Ahh.  I think I goofed slightly.  I think your application has to be  
the parent of the running process to get at that property.  See:

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On Jun 7, 2006, at 10:24 AM, Tofik Suleymanov wrote:

> James Riendeau wrote:
>> How are you defining "assuming right privileges"?
> assuming uid 0
>>   The only way you're going to be able to read another processes  
>> address space is in the kernel.Even a process running as root is  
>> not able to read another process's data.
> how does gdb then reads for example different variables of running  
> program ?
>>   One of the principle responsibilities of the OS is to manage the  
>> private memory space of each process, and I emphasize private.   
>> The last thing you would want on a secure system is the ability of  
>> other processes to read or write to another process's address  
>> space.Even a parent process should not be able to read a child's  
>> address space, as the fork logically duplicates their address  
>> space and they go their separate ways.  An attempt to read another  
>> processes address space should trap to the kernel and the kernel  
>> should kill the process immediately.  There is one exception to  
>> this:  you can setup a pipe or memory share between two processes,  
>> however, both processes have to agree to share some memory or  
>> connect via a pipe.  I'm not going to give you a howto via email  
>> as the subject usually fills a solid chapter in most OS books.
> Thank you for brief and altogether extensive explanation of the  
> case.The thing i wanted to do is to read let's say portions of  
> memory where .bss and .data block of a running program reside.
> is that possible ?
> Sincerely,
> Tofik Suleymanov

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