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Microsoft KB Archive/36310

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Overwriting the PSP of a TSR Application ID Number: Q36310

2.x 3.x 4.00 MS-DOS

Question:

I am writing a Terminate-and-stay- resident (TSR) program that makes no MS-DOS system calls after it has been initialized. Is it reasonable to use the PSP (program segment prefix) of this program as a stack area when the TSR is invoked from running programs? This is assuming, of course, that this stack area never grows large enough to overwrite my code. The PSP just seems to waste space once the command line is read by my application.

Response:

You should not use the PSP as a stack area or in any other way overwrite this area. There are areas in the PSP, both documented and reserved, that MS-DOS uses. Among these areas are the address to the critical-error handler and the CTRL+C error handler. If you write over these, you will most likely not be able to trust the integrity of this application, which should not be worth the small memory savings.