Non-exec stack is better
Posted Mar 19, 2005 5:25 UTC (Sat) by Han
In reply to: Non-exec stack is better
Parent article: Address space randomization in 2.6
ORN: Two AMD Hammer (x86-64) boxes have been donated to the project so that OpenBSD will support this architecture. What are your thoughts about this processor? Is it better from a security standpoint than x86 (non-executable pages of memory, etc.)?
drahn: The Hammer implementation is much nicer in that it has a per-page execute bit; this allows W^X support with no special tricks. Other than this and a >32-bit address space, the machine is basically just a standard PC. OK, I have to admit that at the current time the fastest processors available are PCs (x86 based).
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