dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Sat Jan 29 11:46:50 PST 2005
:On Fri, Jan 28, 2005 at 05:29:03PM -0500, Robert Connolly wrote:
:> Hello. In regards to your:
:> You have:
:> #if BYTE_ORDER == LITTLE_ENDIAN
:> int __guard = 0x00000aff;
:> int __guard = 0xff0a0000;
:> Why do you check for endianness?
:Because the order of the cookie bytes changes the meaning of
:how overflowing buffers are used.
Right. The idea of the cookie is to catch an overflow. Catching
an overflow means emplacing the cookie such that a one-byte overflow
is likely to be caught. We'd rather have a non-zero byte for the first
byte of the overflow area rather then a zero byte.
Why aren't all the bytes non-zero? Because we also want the guard
to provide at least one zero byte for string termination. And there
are a few other reasons too. It's mostly inconsequential but there is
a method behind the madness.
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