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FreeSentry: protecting against use-after-free vulnerabilities due to dangling pointers

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FreeSentry: protecting against use-after-free vulnerabilities due to dangling pointers
—Use-after-free vulnerabilities have become an important class of security problems due to the existence of mitigations that protect against other types of vulnerabilities. The effects of their exploitation can be just as devastating as exploiting a buffer overflow, potentially resulting in full code execution within the vulnerable program. Few protections exist against these types of vulnerabilities and they are particularly hard to discover through manual code inspection. In this paper we present FreeSentry: a mitigation that protects against use-after-free vulnerabilities by inserting dynamic runtime checks that invalidate pointers when the associated memory is released. If such an invalidated pointer is accessed, the program will subsequently crash, preventing an attacker from exploiting the vulnerability. When checking dynamically allocated memory, our approach has a moderate performance overhead on the SPEC CPU benchmarks: running with a geometric mean performance impact of ar...
Yves Younan
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Type Journal
Year 2015
Where NDSS
Authors Yves Younan
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