Re: Very large font size crashing X Font Server and Grounding Serverto a Halt (was: remote DoS in Mozilla 1.0)

From: Helge Hafting (
Date: Fri Jun 14 2002 - 06:06:45 EST

Matthew Wakeling wrote:
> However, one circumstance that throwing lots of swap around doesn't
> fix is when a process has an insatiable need for memory. In this case,
> either the process grows very quickly, or is just plain big. I think the
> out-of-memory killer should target big or growing processes. If it doesn't
> hit the correct process the first time, it will free up a lot more RAM
> than it would otherwise, and it would be likely to get it right the second
> time.
A fork bomb would kill everything else in your machine then. The bomb
program doesn't grow and is smaller than anythine else - but there's
so many of them. So all the other useful programs,
including shells, are killed. :-(

Helge Hafting
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