Subject: Re: Importing PaX features to NetBSD
To: Elad Efrat <>
From: James Chacon <>
List: tech-security
Date: 12/18/2005 04:27:09
On Sun, Dec 18, 2005 at 12:04:35PM +0200, Elad Efrat wrote:
> Matt Thomas wrote:
> > Some architectures (powerpc) have ABIs that mandate executable bss/data.
> > There is no way to turn that off.
> True, but two things:
>   1. How many of our users run i386, amd64, sparc, sparc64? how many of
>      them run powerpc?

In general we don't count the number of users of a given arch before 
looking at a feature and it's costs. Things need to fit into a cross
architecture framework that don't negatively impact other archs.

If you want that, there are other *BSD distributions aimed at "best 
performance for the x86 arch" or other such goals...