Re: [PATCH] Gerd Hoffman's move-vsyscall-into-user-address-rangepatch

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 13:15:24 EST

Zachary Amsden <zach@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> >
> > That's known bug in early glibcs short after adding vDSO support.
> > The vDSO support has been added in May 2003 to CVS glibc (i.e. post glibc
> > 2.3.2) and the problems have been fixed when they were discovered, in
> > February 2004:
> >
> >
> >
> > I strongly believe we want randomized vDSOs, people are already abusing the
> > fix mapped vDSO for attacks, and I think the unfortunate 10 months of broken
> > glibc shouldn't stop that forever. Anyone using such glibc can still use
> > vdso=0, or do that just once and upgrade to somewhat more recent glibc.
> >
> While I'm now inclined to agree with randomization, I think the default
> should be off. You can quite easily "echo 1 >
> /proc/sys/kernel/vdso_randomization" in the RC scripts, which allows you
> to maintain compatibility for everyone and get randomization turned on
> early enough to thwart attacks against any vulnerable daemons.

It kinda sucks but yes, that's obviously least-breakage approach. It does
mean that many people won't benefit from (and won't test!) the new feature

Unless there's some sneaky way of auto-detecting a modern userspace,
perhaps (something which mounts /sys?).

All very sad.
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