Specifies whether the executable image supports high-entropy 64-bit address space layout randomization (ASLR).




This option modifies the header of an executable image, a .dll file or .exe file, to indicate whether ASLR with 64-bit addresses is supported. When this option is set on an executable and all of the modules that it depends on, an operating system that supports 64-bit ASLR can rebase the segments of the executable image at load time by using randomized addresses in a 64-bit virtual address space. This large address space makes it more difficult for an attacker to guess the location of a particular memory region.

By default, the linker enables /HIGHENTROPYVA for 64-bit executable images. This option requires /LARGEADDRESSAWARE, which is also enabled by default for 64-bit images. /HIGHENTROPYVA is not applicable to 32-bit executable images, where the option is ignored. To explicitly disable this option, use /HIGHENTROPYVA:NO. For this option to have an effect, the /DYNAMICBASE option must also be set.

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