fork bomb

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fork (splitting-up of an existing process) +‎ bomb


fork bomb (plural fork bombs)

  1. (computing) A program that creates a large number of self-replicating tasks or processes in a computer system in order to produce a denial of service.
    Coordinate term: wabbit
    • 2002, Philip E. N. Howard, “Hacktivism”, in Steve Jones, editor, Encyclopedia of New Media, SAGE Publications, →ISBN, page 216:
      In contrast to the wabbit's slow growth, a fork bomb quickly generates multiple copies itself.
    • 2020, Wale Soyinka, Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide, Eighth Edition, McGraw Hill Professional, →ISBN, page 331:
      By using the limits described in this chapter, you can mitigate the risk of a fork bomb by restricting the maximum number of processes that a single user can invoke. While the fork bomb can still cause your system to become highly loaded, []


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