Re: Q: memory management

Andrea Arcangeli (
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 23:59:10 +0200 (CEST)

On Tue, 2 Jun 1998, Peter Horton wrote:

>The machine didn't thrash at all. It quickly filled up all memory, and
>then all the swap. Then it locked. What does the kernel do when it needs a
>page, and all of the pages (including swap) are used ? I kinda assumed
>that it would just kill the process ...

Could you try to write the shorter exploit that locks your machine and
post it here (or to me if it will result over some kbyte of size)?

To know if your machine is locked at hardware level you can easily press
ALT+SCROLL-LOCK and report if it print something on the _console_ (don' t
do that under X).

Andrea[s] Arcangeli

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