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    SubjectRe: forkbombing Linux distributions
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    On Wed, 2005-03-23 at 14:45 +0100, Erik Mouw wrote:
    > On Wed, Mar 23, 2005 at 01:37:38PM +0100, Natanael Copa wrote:
    > > On Wed, 2005-03-23 at 19:56 +0900, aq wrote:
    > > > > /etc/limits does a better job at stopping forkbombs.
    > >
    > > but does not limit processes that are started from the boot scripts. So
    > > if a buggy non-root service is exploited, an attacker would be able to
    > > easily shut down the system.
    >
    > That's easy to fix: set limits from initrd or initramfs.

    ..or run "ulimit -u" early in the boot scripts.

    What I suggest is doing the reverse. Let the kernel be restrictive by
    default and let distro's or sysadmins open up if they need more
    processes.

    --
    Natanael Copa


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