stability of fortify source

Robert Connolly robert at
Sat Jul 4 16:04:55 PDT 2009

On Saturday July 4 2009 08:18:00 am thorsten wrote:
> Good day to everyone!
> Within the last months i built a hardened system including PIE, stack
> protector, bind now, grsec and fortify source including X and firefox. A
> firefox compiled with fortify source crashes while stating up. compiling
> firefox with fortify source disabled results in a firefox which crashes
> at seemingly random times (ie. moving tabs, about:plugins ...). running
> firefox within gdb shows crashes within system libs. unfortunately my
> system does not have debugging symbols so the crashes are hard to track
> down.
> I begin to suspect fortify source as beeing the reason for these
> instabilities. Within the next weeks I am going to build a system
> without fortify source to investigate this further.
> Has anybody an opinion regarding this?
> Thorsten

Which gcc version? Which version of firefox?

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