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Kernel W^X extended to i386

Contributed by tbert on from the 32-bits-of-randomness dept.

As mentioned back in January, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) has been working on improving W^X protections in the OpenBSD kernel. The bulk of the work was focused on the amd64 architecture, but he recently committed similar support for the i386 architecture as well.

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2015/08/24 22:57:32

Modified files:
	sys/arch/i386/i386: locore.s pmap.c pmapae.c

Log message:
Enforce kernel w^x policy by properly setting NX (as needed) for
kernel text, PTEs, .rodata, data, bss and the symbol regions. This has
been in snaps for a while with no reported fallout.

The APTE space and MP/ACPI trampolines will be fixed next.

ok deraadt@

Thanks for keeping us 32bit users up to date as well, Mike!

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