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Test suite for the PaX kernel patch

PaX is a Linux kernel patch which adds much stricter control on how memory is being used by applications. A normal Linux kernel leaves the control to the application and does not implement any enforcement. Especially buffer overflow attacks benefit from the absence of kernel enforced memory control. PaX tries to do its best to enforce this control of memory used by applications, thereby making it harder to successfully exploit buffer overflows.

Paxtest provides a regression test suite that covers most (but not all) of PaX functionality. It can also be used to test other memory protection patches.

Package version:1:0.9.9-1


Paxtest v0.9.9 README file

Copyright (c)2004 by Peter Busser <>

Additional architecture/target support & fixes
by Brad Spengler <>

This file has been released under the GNU GPL version 2 or later.

When I started the Adamantix project, one of the first things I did was to add
PaX functionality to the kernel. PaX is a process memory prot


PAXTEST(1)                                                PAXTEST(1)

       paxtest — program to test buffer overflow protection

       paxtest [kiddie|blackhat]  [logfile]

       paxtest  is  a  program that attempts to test kernel enforce‐
       ments over memory usage. Some attacks  benefit  from  kernels
       that  do  not  impose  limitations. For example


paxtest (1:0.9.9-1) unstable; urgency=medium

   * New upstream release, uploaded to Debian. (LP: #530778) (Closes: #570990)
   * genpaxtest: Modify so that the 'paxtest' script generated uses 
        either a user-provided logfile as argument or the $HOME/paxtest.log
        instead of paxtest.log for its results in order to prevent it from
        writing in the users' CWD and avoid symlink tri


paxtest is copyright (c)2003 by Peter Busser <>

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