Re: Wanna Buy My Alpha?

Alex Pilosov (
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:52:49 -0500 (EST)

I was of impression that on alpha by default stack is non-executable (at
least under Digital Unix). Is that correct? Is it correct about
linux/alpha too?


On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, J C Lawrence wrote:

> On Wed, 20 Jan 1999 16:23:21 +1100
> Huw Davies<> wrote:
> > Anyone who believes security through obscurity is a workable
> > policy needs to think again. With the modern Internet information
> > is there for the taking (whether it be ways of breaking into
> > systems, material considered pornographic in the country of
> > viewing, bomb making recipes etc).
> FWVLIW I used to make my living doing security work (Sun, PBMK,
> etc).
> Security thru obscurity is a very short sighted policy that has
> rather well known weaknesses, and yes, it is dangerous to rely on.
> However, I and many others, are not currently in a position (I've
> moved away from security work) to actively stay on top of the
> security game. I just don't have the time to aggressively monitor
> and upgrade my systems as tightly as I used to.
> The result? We can relax a little in the shadow that security thru
> obscurity brings, realising that it doesn't represent true security,
> but does offer a modicum of *effective* protection thru the simple
> fact that we can catch obvious x86/etc crack attacks and *then* use
> that as a flag to look for a hole to close.
> As with all such, its a compromise, and you make sure you keep
> really good backups ITMT.
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