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View Poll Results: Where do you stand in regards to AMD64 on BSD?
I use it and would like an nVidia driver! 16 88.89%
I'm considering using it. 1 5.56%
It's too new. I'll wait and see what Intel does. 0 0%
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Old 03-01-04, 11:03 PM   #25
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Originally posted by SnapIT

A PPC native 64 kernel COULD be extremely fast on a G5, in time we will see that happen though, Apple are doing what MS did with win95 16-32...
I get that feeling, too... Deja vu all over again. And again. I'm geezer enough to remember the Radio Shack Model 12, which dis 8 bit or 16 bit. Seems the Model 4 did likewise...

The nurse here at the rest home says I should take my meds and go to sleep, now...

One final note -- since all the current crop of 32/64 bit machines are transitory by design, I really don't care all that much if I have to hang a bag on the side to make my video card work.

Anyone care for a challenge of compiling in a 64-bit nvidia driver into the freebsd AMD64 kernel? No matter how crufty and ugly it may be?

Now, where's my meds???

Goodnight Nurse!
// Joe
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Old 03-02-04, 02:15 AM   #26
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@J.F.: thanks, judging from Peter's comments, kld support may be in place in the not-so-distant future.
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Originally posted by SnapIT
Actually, no, it does not work like that as the software can only control its own instructions if NX is only in software, malicious code can be run at any overload, your program will crash and the code can run, i can see some heavy problems coming with that...

There is no bit to set NX if it is not implemented so...

Now, for the ia32 implementation this is no biggie as you can easily simulate NX, but that will not work on AM-64, so there IS a very real problem with this...
I think you missed the point. The simulation is in the page fault handler of the kernel. It can be applied to any code anywhere. When any page anywhere faults, the kernel checks if a virtual NX bit is set. If not, it handles the page fault as usual. If the virtual NX bit is set for the page, it loads the data TLB, but not the code TLB. If a buffer overflow occurs and it tries to execute code, a page fault occurs because the code TLB isn't loaded. The page fault handler sees that code was attempted to be executed in a page with the virtual NX bit set and simulates an NX generated fault. Except for needing some extra code in the page fault handler and the ability to access the TLBs, it is EXACTLY the same as a real NX bit in hardware, just not as fast.

This works on any Intel chip from the Pentium on up. It might work with Athlons as they have separate data and code TLBs, but I couldn't find any info on how to access them like Intel does through the test registers.
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