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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: optionally disable brk()
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On 2.10.2020 20.52, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 02.10.20 19:19, Topi Miettinen wrote:
>> The brk() system call allows to change data segment size (heap). This
>> is mainly used by glibc for memory allocation, but it can use mmap()
>> and that results in more randomized memory mappings since the heap is
>> always located at fixed offset to program while mmap()ed memory is
>> randomized.
>
> Want to take more Unix out of Linux?
>
> Honestly, why care about disabling? User space can happily use mmap() if
> it prefers.

brk() interface doesn't seem to be used much and glibc is happy to
switch to mmap() if brk() fails, so why not allow disabling it
optionally? If you don't care to disable, don't do it and this is even
the default.

-Topi


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