Re: 2.6.12-rc3 mmap lack of consistency among runs

From: Hubert Tonneau
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 10:02:28 EST

Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > You can disable randomization on a per-executable basis by setting an ELF
> > personality. I forget the magic incantation. Arjan?
> setarch -R

I had no success with it:
/usr/src/setarch-1.7/setarch i386 -R /pliant/fullpliant

I even tried adding the following instruction at the very beginning of my
C program, with no more success:
personality(0x0040000); // ADDR_NO_RANDOMIZE

Basically, the behaviour is not changed, as opposed to if I do:
echo 0 >/proc/sys/kernel/randomize_va_space

> > . second, my process restart succeeding roughly in 50% cases means that the
> > randomisation performed is just a toy. A virus assuming fixed memory layout
> > will still succeed 50% of times to install.
> It just means that half the time the old value was below the current
> boundary, and half the time above. Eg half the time it was in free
> space and you succeeded but left a gap, the other half there was a conflict.
> Says nothing about the value of randomisation...


> > All in all, I'm not concerned about Linux kernel to randomise or not,
> > but I need to have a reliable way to request a memory region and be granted
> > that I can request the same one in a futur run.
> > What is the proper way to get such a memory area ?
> MAP_FIXED is generally a really bad idea though.

If I replace
the call just fails.

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