performance tests conducted on 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, 8.10rc

Kees Cook kees at
Tue Oct 28 16:27:58 GMT 2008


On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 11:02:37AM -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> Since they only tested on i386 this (aiui) could at least be partially
> explained by the security enhancements made to Ubuntu. I don't know what
> all has been changed but I believe at least -PIE was added to binaries
> at some point. There was discussion about this at a UDS and the fact
> this would cause some slowdown for i386 in particular since it doesn't
> have enough registers.

Nothing they tested has been built with PIE.  We intentionally only
built a few[1] network services with PIE, so that won't account for it.

There were some compiler defaults[2] changed (e.g. _FORTIFY_SOURCE=2), but
that's unlikely to make such a difference in their test times.  Most of
the checks are done at compile-time (which could certainly have
contributed to the compiler slow-down, but I would bet that's mostly
due to the 4.3 compiler, as mentioned earlier).



Kees Cook
Ubuntu Security Team

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