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From: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
To: Jiri Kosina <jkosina@suse.cz>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>, "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@sisk.pl>,
	kernel list <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>,
	Abel Bernabeu <abel.bernabeu@gmail.com>,
	Hugh Dickins <hugh@veritas.com>,
	Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org>
Subject: Re: [regression] Re: brk randomization breaks columns
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:12:46 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080205161246.GE24331@elf.ucw.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0802051216340.30955@jikos.suse.cz>

On Tue 2008-02-05 13:50:51, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Feb 2008, Pavel Machek wrote:
> 
> > > Actually, this clearly shows that either prehistoric libc.so.5 or the 
> > > program itself are broken.
> > I believe it shows clear regression in latest 2.6.25 kernel.
> 
> I am still not completely sure. It might be a regression, but it also 
> might just trigger the bug in ancient version in libc.so.5 which might be 
> fixed in some later version -- are you able to verify that?

I'm in same position as you here. I only have few old binaries :-(.

> > You say it is wrong. Manpages imply otherwise:
> > 
> >        int brk(void *end_data_segment);
> > ...
> > DESCRIPTION
> >        brk()  sets  the  end  of  the  data  segment  to  the  value specified  by
> >        end_data_segment, when that value is reasonable, the system does have enough
> >        memory and the process does not exceed its max data size (see setrlimit(2)).
> > Note it talks about data segment, not about heap, and that seems to
> > imply that BSS and heap are actually one area. 2.6.25 broke that.
> 
> Single Unix Specification talks only about manipulating the break section, 
> see http://opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007908775/xsh/brk.html

SuS:
# The brk() and sbrk() functions are used to change the amount of space
# allocated for the calling process.

It talks about "space for calling process". It does not talk about
heap, and I think it implicitely assumes "bss and heap" are
continuous... 

(It also says return 0 or success, and we return address).

> > > Still, it will probably not fix your particular program crashes, just 
> > > because it will always assume that brk starts immediately after the end of 
> > > the bss, which is plain wrong and has never been assured. Could you please 
> > Can you quote docs that tells me it is plain wrong? 
> 
> See the Single Unix Specification. It doesn't seem to allow you to assume 
> *anything* about start_brk location, seems to me.

I believe it implicitely assumes start_brk is well known,
actually. Otherwise it should have told us how to get start_brk.
									Pavel
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  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-02-05 16:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 39+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-04 12:28 Pavel Machek
2008-02-04 13:01 ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-04 13:28   ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-04 14:55     ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-04 20:25       ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-04 14:33   ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-04 16:12     ` Jiri Kosina
     [not found]       ` <15577be70802041016m97cddbfk43b9073408bcbce9@mail.gmail.com>
     [not found]         ` <15577be70802041029o2975ba6do34589bbdc81d1652@mail.gmail.com>
2008-02-04 19:52           ` Fwd: " Pavel Machek
2008-02-04 21:54             ` Abel Bernabeu
2008-02-04 22:48               ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-04 23:13                 ` Abel Bernabeu
2008-02-04 23:39                   ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-04 20:31       ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05  1:57 ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-05 11:06   ` [regression] " Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 12:50     ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-05 12:54       ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-05 13:05         ` Jakub Jelinek
2008-02-05 16:18           ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 16:37             ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-05 16:12       ` Pavel Machek [this message]
2008-02-05 13:08   ` Hugh Dickins
2008-02-05 15:00     ` Arjan van de Ven
2008-02-05 15:46       ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 15:49         ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-05 15:55           ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 15:49         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-05 15:59           ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 16:06             ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-05 22:03               ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 16:58         ` Arjan van de Ven
2008-02-05 17:33           ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 22:35           ` Jiri Kosina
2008-02-06  3:24             ` Randy Dunlap
2008-02-05 16:02   ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 16:09     ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-05 22:04       ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 18:05   ` Pavel Machek
2008-02-05 20:42     ` Jiri Kosina

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