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Saturday, October 10, 2009

mmap'ing to address 0x0

Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 22:01:07 -0600                                                   
From: Theo de Raadt <>                                           
To: Luis Useche <>                                     
cc: misc <>                                                             
Subject: Re: mmap'ing to address 0x0                                                    
> I was reading some information that indicated that letting user                       
> process to map to address 0x0 can exploit some kernel NULL-pointer                    
> bugs. I checked how different operating systems mitigate this problem                 
> and I found information about Linux and FreeBSD. I was trying to find                 
> the same information for OpenBSD with no luck. Can anybody help me                    
> with this one?                                                                        
We have been aware of the particular problem (which results from an                     
architectural decision made by some machines) for many years, and it                    
took us a long time to decide what to do.  Eventually we decided to                     
make userland suffer.  Unfortunately we only fixed it in the middle of                  
last year.                                                                              
Other platforms do not have this problem, since the kernel runs in                      
an un-shared address space.

CVSROOT:        /cvs                                                                    
Module name:    src                                                                     
Changes by: 2008/06/24 15:24:03                             
Modified files:                                                                         
        sys/arch/alpha/include: vmparam.h                                               
        sys/arch/amd64/include: vmparam.h                                               
        sys/arch/arm/include: vmparam.h                                                 
        sys/arch/i386/include: vmparam.h                                                
        sys/arch/sh/include: vmparam.h                                                  
        sys/arch/sparc/include: vmparam.h                                               
        sys/arch/vax/include: vmparam.h                                                 
        sys/arch/sh/sh : trap.c                                                         
Log message:                                                                            
On user/kernel shared page table machines, do not let processes map their               
own page 0, as discussed with miod (and many others previously, including               
art and toby).  On sparc, make this __LDPGSZ because PAGE_SIZE is non-constant          
ok miod tedu

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