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SearchOpenSource: Linux Virtual Address Randomization and Impacting Buffer Overflows

Nov 18, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Tittel, Justin Korelc)

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"Buffer overflows have been a bane for nearly every operating system and for all programming languages not explicitly designated as 'type-safe' (such as C). Everything from desktops to workstations, servers and embedded hardware can (and often do) contain potentially exploitable conditions because buffer overflows are allowed to occur, sometimes with far-reaching effects.

"When exploiting a buffer overflow, an attacker's primary objective is to direct the target machine to execute arbitrary code, usually a sequence of position-independent object code known as a payload..."

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