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Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:25:12 +0000
From: Marsh Ray <>
To: "" <>
Subject: RE: [PHC] further limitation: not writing secret to memory

From: Tony Arcieri []
> Windows is the real problem here. It supports a proprietary API
> called VirtualLock to accomplish the same thing:

What part of

   // "Locks the specified region of the process's virtual address
   // space into physical memory, ensuring that subsequent access
   // to the region will not incur a page fault." - MSDN
   BOOL success = VirtualLock(void * base, size_t size);

is particularly problematic?

Locking large portions of memory for non-negligible periods of time
is generally a bad idea on any virtual memory OS. Most servers
are on hypervisors these days, so it's not even guaranteed to be

IMHO, the PHC should consider virtual memory an implementation issue and
not a requirement for candidate functions. But if there were some
function submitted that had an innovative approach to the issue,
it would be interesting to hear about it.

- Marsh

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