forkbomb attack

Alan Cox alan at
Fri Nov 30 15:46:11 UTC 2007

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:37:48 +0300
"Zhukov Pavel" <gelios at> wrote:

> why modern fedora affected by simple forkbomb attack?

As its shipped with defaults that are in keeping with a desktop system,
normally single user which is generally how Fedora is used. If you
configure the various control features it'll behave rather differently.

See /etc/security/limits.conf

Also /etc/sysctl.conf

vm.overcommit_memory = 2


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