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Re: [HACKERS] patch for memory overrun on Linux(i386)

From: Bruce Momjian <maillist(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: scrappy(at)hub(dot)org (The Hermit Hacker)
Cc: mgittens(at)david(dot)gits(dot)nl, hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] patch for memory overrun on Linux(i386)
Date: 1998-03-22 03:58:03
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> Some things just require confirmation...can someone else (Thomas?) running
> Linux comment on this before I apply it?  I just find it kinda unexpected
> to see something that doesn't work for SCO doesn't work for Linux too :)

On BSDI, malloc man pages says:

     The allocated space is suitably aligned (after possible pointer coercion)
     for storage of any type of object.

I don't believe this is a standard, and I think Linux may not follow it.
I think I heard somewhere they don't.  We certainly need to have this
checked before use in a patch.

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