Re: Using x86 segments against NULL pointer deference exploit

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Fri Nov 06 2009 - 15:19:04 EST

castet.matthieu@xxxxxxx writes:

> Hi,
> I am wondering why we can't set the KERNEL_DS data segment to not contain the
> first page, ie changing it from R/W flat model to R/W expand down from
> 0xffffffff to 4096.

As Alan pointed out setting segment limits/bases has large penalties.

This has been already addressed by the mmap limit defaults
on the VM level by disallowing to place something on the zero page.

In fact a lot of systems should already run with that default.

> PS : why x86_64 segment got access bit set and x86_32 doesn't ?

It's a extremly minor optimization, but the CPU sets it on the first
access anyways.


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