Understanding buffer overflow issues for Linux on Power-based systems

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Ramon de Carvalho Valle

Date archived: September 6, 2016 | First published: January 06, 2009

Get acquainted with buffer overflow vulnerabilities in Linux® running on Power™/Cell Broadband Engine™ Architecture processor-based servers. Buffer overflows occur when a process tries to store data outside of the bounds of a fixed-length buffer. When that happens, all sorts of erratic system behavior can result, and some can be detrimental to your system's security. Part 1 of this article series briefly discusses buffer overflows and the Power and Cell/B.E.™ architectures, and then shows how you can change the process-execution flow in the target systems and overwrite a local variable in 32- and 64-bit modes. (Part 2 will show how to overwrite a function pointer in 32- and 64-bit modes and illustrate assembly components through shell, network, and socket code samples.)

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