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SubjectRe: forkbombing Linux distributions
Natanael Copa napisał(a):
> On Thu, 2005-03-31 at 01:46 +0200, Felipe Alfaro Solana wrote:
>
>>On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 19:28:20 +0200, Matthieu Castet
>><mat@ensilinx1.imag.fr> wrote:
>>
>>>>The memory limits aren't good enough either: if you set them low
>>>>enough that memory-forkbombs are unperilous for
>>>>RLIMIT_NPROC*RLIMIT_DATA, it's probably too low for serious
>>>>applications.
>>>
>>>yes, if you want to run application like openoffice.org you need at
>>>least 200Mo. If you want that your system is usable, you need at least 40 process per user. So 40*200 = 8Go, and it don't think you have all this memory...
>>>
>>>I think per user limit could be a solution.
>>>
>>>attached a small fork-memory bombing.
>>
>>Doesn't do anything on my machine:
>>
>># ulimits -a
>
> ...
>
>
>>it tops at 100 processes and eats a little CPU... although the system
>>is under load, it's completely responsive.
>
>
> 100 processes is low. I often have over 150.

On desktop system 150 processes is low too. 250 is safe and sufficient
value.

> I use the patch mentioned here:
> http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=111209980932023&w=2
> (it set the default max_threads and RLIMIT_NPROC to half of the current
> default)
>
> and my system survived.

Hmmm....my didn't when nearly all users start forkbombing!
I think that changing the default max_threads is not a good idea. It
might solve many problems but forkbombing require something more universal.

Jacek
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