David Holmes David.Holmes at
Sun Aug 29 04:39:38 PDT 2010

David Holmes said the following on 08/29/10 09:03:
> Douglas Simon said the following on 08/28/10 23:42:
>> I think the long term solution is to modify the
>> __make_stacks_executable function in libc/nptl/allocatestack.c such
>> that it only adds the PROT_EXEC bit to each thread's stack and leaves
>> the current values for the PROT_READ and PROT_WRITE bits as is.
> I find it hard to believe that they would overwrite the permission bits 
> rather than augment them in the first place. I can't wait to find out 
> what justification they think they had for doing that. :(

<sigh> Looks like it is because the OS gives no way to do otherwise :( 
mprotect doesn't allow you to add to the existing permissions only set 
them - and there's no API that I can see to query page permissions.

There's some interesting discussion in this LK thread:


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