Thursday, October 18, 2007

OSX Leopard - ASLR?

A lot of main stream media is reporting OSX will be getting ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization). However OSX's new features page says 'library randomization'. Not ASLR. Im not an OSX user but I think some clarification is needed here. ASLR is a pretty vague term to apply to this. The PAX implementation for example describes ASLR as randomization on many different regions of a processes memory. The true die-hard in me reserves the term ASLR for a wider randomization implementation such as stack base, mmap, .text base and many others, not just library mappings.

And now that all of this is on I'm sure the fanboi war will begin. Please let it be known that my official opinion is: it doesn't matter what OS you run, you can still get owned.

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