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The tag is present in Lintian version 2.109.3. That is the most recent version we know about.

This package provides an ELF executable that was not compiled as a position independent executable (PIE).

In Debian, since version 6.2.0-7 of the gcc-6 package GCC will compile ELF binaries with PIE by default. In most cases a simple rebuild will be sufficient to remove this tag.

PIE is required for fully enabling Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), which makes "Return-oriented" attacks more difficult.

Historically, PIE has been associated with noticeable performance overhead on i386. However, GCC >= 5 has implemented an optimization that can reduce the overhead significantly.

If you use dpkg-buildflags with hardening=+all,-pie in DEB_BUILD_MAINT_OPTIONS, remove the -pie.

Please refer to,, and for details.

Visibility: warning

Check: binaries/hardening

The following 237 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 4386 times.

We found 3387 overrides. The tag performed 23% of the time.