About BZ#87210 [RFE] To initialize automatic stack variables

P J P pjp@fedoraproject.org
Tue Feb 19 10:24:00 GMT 2019

  -> https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=87210

This RFE is about providing gcc option(s) to eliminate information leakage
issues from programs. Information leakage via uninitialised memory has beena chronic/recurring issue across all software. They are found quite often andmay lead to severe effects if found in system software/kernel, OR an applicationwhich handles sensitive information.
Various projects/efforts are underway to keep such information exposurefrom happening
* STACKLEAK - http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1810.3/00522.html
* KLEAK - https://netbsd.org/gallery/presentations/maxv/kleak.pdf* https://j00ru.vexillium.org/papers/2018/bochspwn_reloaded.pdf
But these are still external corrections to improve specific project and/orsoftware. It does not help to fix/eliminate all information leakage issues.
Automatic memory initialisation:

* https://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/cfe-dev/2018-November/060172.htmlhttps://reviews.llvm.org/D54604
It'd be immensely helpful and welcome if gcc(1) could provide compile/buildtime options to enable/disable - automatic memory initialisation.
Could we please consider it as more viable/useful option?
Thank you.---
  -P J P

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