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Re: non-executable stack (via PT_GNU_STACK) not being enforced

It's a 32-bit kernel and probably does not have PAE support enabled so I think the mystery has been solved.  Thanks to everyone for your help.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kees Cook <kees@debian.org>
To: Brchk05 <brchk05@aim.com>
Cc: debian-security@lists.debian.org
Sent: Sun, Oct 10, 2010 1:40 pm
Subject: Re: non-executable stack (via PT_GNU_STACK) not being enforced


On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 01:35:10PM -0400, Brchk05 wrote:
> nx is in /proc/cpuinfo as a flag, though it does not appear at all in my dmesg 
output.  From what I can tell from the Ubuntu link you supplied, I am assuming 
this means that my CPU supports nx but I do not have the right type of kernel, 
i.e., one that uses PAE addressing, to support enforcement (or is that part 
Ubuntu specific).  Does this sound plausible?

That is quite likely, yes. If you're running 64bit, you already have PAE
mode. If you're running 32bit, you'll need to check your kernel's CONFIG
options for PAE. The default for 32bit is _not_ PAE mode, so this is
probably what is happening.


Kees Cook                                            @debian.org

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