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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: optionally disable brk()
On 05.10.20 08:12, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Sat 03-10-20 00:44:09, Topi Miettinen wrote:
>> 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.
> I do not think we want to have config per syscall, do we?

I do wonder if grouping would be a better option then (finding a proper
level of abstraction ...).


David / dhildenb

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