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    SubjectRe: Fork Bombing Attack
    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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