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From: "Ahmed S. Darwish" <>
To: "Anand Jahagirdar" <>
Cc: "" <>,
Subject: Re: Fork Bombing Attack
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 16:19:56 +0300
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On 5/18/07, Anand Jahagirdar <> wrote:
> Hello All
>            I tried to execute a program which creates 8152 process.(
> i=0; while( i<14) i++ fork(); )  with ulimit 8200. This program
> created 8152 processes and then stopped and came back to command
> prompt. this proves that my machine do have sufficient resources to
> create 8000 processes.
>            I found one more interesting thing on the same machine
> having FC6 distribution and Linux Kernel 2.6.18. i have set "ulimit -u
> 100". after setting this limit i tried to execute fork bombing program
> with guest account. after executing it
> expected result:-  guest uesr should not able to fork another single
> process when it reaches to 100 processes count.
> actual result :-  kernel allow me to create another processes without
> giving error. due to this i tried to execute same fork bombing program
> on another terminal with guest account and this fork bombing attack
> killed the box completely and machine needed reboot.

I think if you want resource limiting per _UID_ (and not per _process_
as you did), you should use PAM module You can edit
those limits using the file /etc/security/limits.conf

Ahmed S. Darwish

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Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-05-17 14:45 Anand Jahagirdar
2007-05-17 15:01 ` Valdis.Kletnieks
2007-05-18 11:13   ` Anand Jahagirdar
2007-05-18 13:07     ` Michael Tokarev
2007-05-18 13:19     ` Ahmed S. Darwish [this message]
2007-05-18 17:22       ` Anand Jahagirdar
2007-05-18 17:49         ` Valdis.Kletnieks
2007-05-18 21:21         ` Krzysztof Halasa
2007-05-18 22:40         ` Bernd Eckenfels
2007-05-22 21:52     ` Mark Lord
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2007-05-17  7:25 Fork bombing Attack Anand Jahagirdar
2007-05-17  7:39 ` Marat Buharov
2007-05-17  9:07 ` Alan Cox

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