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SubjectRe: Forking shell bombs
Ryan Underwood wrote:

>Hi,
>
>
>
>>That's what per-user process limits are for. Doesn't matter if it's a
>>shellscript or something else; any system without limits set is
>>vulnerable.
>>
>>
>
>I agree, but it would also be nice to have a way to clean up after the
>fact without giving up the box. My limit is set at 2047 processes
>which, while being a lot, doesn't seem like enough to guarantee a dead
>box. (Don't many busy systems have more than this number running at any
>given time?)
>
>
>
>>It's a base redhat kernel, after the cannot allocate memory, my system
>>returned to normal operation and it didnt die.
>>Is this the type of behavior you were looking for? or am i off base?
>>
>>Linux sloth 2.4.20-8 #1 Thu Mar 13 17:54:28 EST 2003 i686 i686 i386
>>GNU/Linux
>>
>>$ :(){ :|:&};:
>>[1] 3071
>>
>>$
>>[1]+ Done : | :
>>
>>$ -bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>>-bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>>-bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>>-bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>>
>>
>
>Nope, on my system running stock 2.4.21, after hitting enter, wait about 2
>seconds, and the system is frozen. Telnet connects but never gets a
>shell. None of the SysRq process-killing combos have any effect. After
>a few failed killalls (which eventually killed the one shell I was able
>to get), and Alt-SysRq-S never completing the sync, I gave up and
>Alt-SysRq-B.
>
>What does ulimit -u say on your system? 2047 on mine.
>
>
>
$ ulimit -u
3072


Have you tried this on any 2.5.x kernels? Just curious to see what it
does, I plan on giving it a go later.


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