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What is Fork Bomb

What is Fork Bomb


Fork Bomb is a program which harms a system by making it run out of memory. It forks processes infinitely to fill memory. Fork Bomb, a form of denial-of-service attack against a computer system, implements the fork operation (or equivalent functionality) whereby a running process can create another running process. A fork bomb is also known as a wabbit or rabbit virus. To incapacitate a system they rely on the (generally valid) assumption that the number of programs and processes which may execute simultaneously on a computer, has a limit.

A simple example of a fork bomb is the the infinite loop, which continuously repeats the same process in a system environment.

Once a successful fork bomb has been activated in a system it may not be possible to resume normal operation without rebooting the system as the only solution to a fork bomb is to destroy all instances of it.


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