Re: [PATCH] mm: larger stack guard gap, between vmas

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Jul 05 2017 - 12:06:08 EST

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 5:21 AM, Ben Hutchings <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How about, instead of looking at permissions, we remember whether vmas
> were allocated with MAP_FIXED and ignore those when evaluating the gap?

No, I think that's a bad idea. There's tons of good reasons to use
MAP_FIXED, and real programs do it all the time.

I'd much rather just do something special for the Java case, either
recognizing that particular pattern, or (and this is likely what we'll
have to do) just have a per-process stack limit that

(a) will be reset by suid transitions etc security boundaries

(b) you can just set back to 4kB for the specific Java case.

because I'd rather make this be a very conscious thing rather than a
random hack.

The PROT_NONE thing made tons of conceptual sense ("let people do
their own guard mappings"). The MAP_FIXED thing does not.