Extending Mondrian Memory Protection

Most modern operating systems implement some sort of memory protection scheme for user processes. These schemes make it is possible to set access permissions that determine whether a region of memory allocated for a process can be read, written, or executed by this process. Mondrian memory protection is a technique that extends the traditional memory protection scheme and allows fine-grain permission settings. Instead of being able to set access permissions on a page-level, Mondrian memory protection supports different access permissions for individual words. However, this protection scheme is still limited to only two permission bits that have a predefined semantics. This is not sufficient to implement more complex security techniques, for example, a race condition detection system.

Provided by: Vienna University of Technology Topic: Software Date Added: Nov 2010 Format: PDF

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