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clang option -fret-clean committed

Contributed by rueda on from the well-cleaned-stacks dept.

Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) has committed -fret-clean for clang:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2024/06/02 09:40:43

Modified files:
	gnu/llvm/clang/lib/Driver/ToolChains: Clang.cpp 
	gnu/llvm/llvm/lib/Target/X86: X86.h X86TargetMachine.cpp 
	gnu/usr.bin/clang/libLLVMX86CodeGen: Makefile 
	share/man/man1 : clang-local.1 

Log message:
add -fret-clean option (amd64 and i386 only at first), defaulting to off.
This causes the caller to cleans the return address off the stack after
a callq completes.  The option is best used in low-level libraries (such as
libc), because libc contains low-level system call stubs.  The option
reduces hints (found on the stale parts of the stack) about's mapping
location, and together with random-relinking, relro got/pic, and xonly
makes some exploit methods more difficult.
ok mortimer, mlarkin, much discussion with kettenis, in snaps for 2 weeks.

See our earlier article for more discussion.

For now, this is only for amd64 and i386.

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