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fork (“splitting-up of an existing process”) + bomb
fork bomb (plural fork bombs)
- (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
- 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, […]