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From Andrew Wilson <>
Subject Re: things to look for in runaway server?
Date Thu, 14 Sep 1995 09:28:37 GMT
[server brings it's friends over for a party while you're away and trashes
the house]

> The logfiles indicate that reverse DNS stopped working (so the log files 
> just had IP numbers in it) and every 50 hits had a listing like
> - - [13/Sep/1995:13:26:23 -0700] "NULL" 200 920
> Thoughts?

A fork bombing server is symptomatic of damage to the /tmp/scoreboard file.
In a worst case scenario (already covered in mail last month) we get the
same effect when the 'contents' of the /tmp file are zeroed.  If you've got
a root cron running about zapping /tmp files then this could be a contender.

> 	Brian


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