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PAXCTL(8)               NetBSD System Manager's Manual               PAXCTL(8)

paxctl -- list and modify PaX flags associated with an ELF program
paxctl flags program ...
The paxctl utility is used to list and manipulate PaX flags associated with an ELF program. The PaX flags signify to the loader the privilege protections to be applied to mapped memory pages, and fuller explanations of the specific protections can be found in the security(7) manpage. Each flag can be prefixed either with a ``+'' or a ``-'' sign to add or remove the flag, respectively. The following flags are available: a Explicitly disable PaX ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) for program. A Explicitly enable PaX ASLR for program. g Explicitly disable PaX Segvguard for program. G Explicitly enable PaX Segvguard for program. m Explicitly disable PaX MPROTECT (mprotect(2) restrictions) for program. M Explicitly enable PaX MPROTECT (mprotect(2) restrictions) for program. To view existing flags on a file, execute paxctl without any flags.
mprotect(2), sysctl(3), options(4), elf(5), security(7), sysctl(8), fileassoc(9)
The paxctl utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0. The paxctl utility is modeled after a tool of the same name available for Linux from the PaX project.
Elad Efrat <> Christos Zoulas <>
The paxctl utility currently uses elf(5) ``note'' sections to mark exe- cutables as having PaX flags enabled. This will be done using fileassoc(9) in the future so that we can control who does the marking and not altering the binary file signature. (Note this also means that at present any flags set do not survive binary file upgrades.) NetBSD 9.1 November 7, 2016 NetBSD 9.1
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