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Re: DARPA and the network

  • From: Henning Brauer
  • Date: Tue Sep 06 15:08:21 2005

* <> [2005-09-06 20:04]:
> On Tue, 06 Sep 2005 11:35:22 +0200, Henning Brauer said:
> (Off-topic, but needs correcting...)

well, then please correct correctly...

> > so if the BSDs are en par with preventive measures, why is OpenBSD (to 
> > my knowledge) the only one shipping ProPolice, which prevented 
> > basically any buffer overflow seen in the wild for some time now?
> Not familiar with ProPolice, but much of Fedora is compiled with the
> FORTIFY_SOURCE option, which presumably does similar stuff?

FORTIFY_SOURCE seems to be closer to our -Wbounded than PorPolice, 
ProPolice goes way further. please check for an overview of 
exploit mitigation techniques in OpenBSD. I didn't even mention 
stackgap, stackghost (on sparc and sparc64) and some others yet.
More in-depth inofrmation about ProPolice can be found at
but note that there's some more modifcations in OpenBSD, for example we 
have the stack smash handler in libc.

> > Why is OpenBSD the only one to have randomized library loading, 
> > rendering basicaly all exploits with fixed offsets unuseable?
> > Why is OpenBSD the only one to have W^X, keeping memory pages writeable 
> > _or_ executable, but not both, unless an application fixes us to (by 
> > respective mprotect calls)?
> See the ExecShield stuff in RedHat/Fedora, or the Pax patch in grsecurity,
> which both address these two points.

well, again, they're not even rmeotely going as far as W^X goes.

> There's probably more systems running a Linux with one of these than OpenBSD.

I am pretty certain this is not the case, not even remotely. But since 
neither you nor I have numbers to back this I don't see the point in 
speculating further.

Henning Brauer,,
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