A survey of recent kernel vulnerabilities
Posted Oct 20, 2005 10:16 UTC (Thu) by jschrod
Parent article: A survey of recent kernel vulnerabilities
I don't give too much attention to DoS attacks that need full local accounts.
Just yesterday, I made my system unusable by starting ~300 sa-learn processes in parallel. I was not able to use the console any more, and could not log in from remote to kill those processes. I waited a full hour to check if the system consolidate itself until I pressed the reset button.
As long as simple starts of too many processes can bring down the system, we don't need special means for those local-user DoS attacks. Just a shell is enough. :-(
That's an 2.6.8 SUSE-kernel, by the way. Oh yes, and that's one area where advantages in Linux would be great. On my Solaris box, I can start thousands of processes and then I can still login and kill them if necessary.
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