[PATCH] Change ZERO_SIZE_PTR to point at unmapped space

From: Larry H.
Date: Sat May 30 2009 - 15:31:08 EST

[PATCH] Change ZERO_SIZE_PTR to point at unmapped space

This patch changes the ZERO_SIZE_PTR address to point at top memory
unmapped space, instead of the original location which could be
mapped from userland to abuse a NULL (or offset-from-null) pointer
dereference scenario.

The ZERO_OR_NULL_PTR macro is changed accordingly. This patch does
not modify its behavior nor has any performance nor functionality

The original change was written first by the PaX team for their

Signed-off-by: Larry Highsmith <larry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Index: linux-2.6/include/linux/slab.h
--- linux-2.6.orig/include/linux/slab.h
+++ linux-2.6/include/linux/slab.h
@@ -73,10 +73,9 @@
* ZERO_SIZE_PTR can be passed to kfree though in the same way that NULL can.
* Both make kfree a no-op.
-#define ZERO_SIZE_PTR ((void *)16)
+#define ZERO_SIZE_PTR ((void *)-1024L)

-#define ZERO_OR_NULL_PTR(x) ((unsigned long)(x) <= \
- (unsigned long)ZERO_SIZE_PTR)
+#define ZERO_OR_NULL_PTR(x) (!(x) || (x) == ZERO_SIZE_PTR)

* struct kmem_cache related prototypes
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