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What Is The Fork Bomb? How Does It Work?


A fork bomb is a piece of code that, if run via a script or entered into the terminal, will create a process that continually forks itself until the computer completely runs out of memory and locks up. Essentially, it is a denial of service (DoS) attack. You often see the “shell fork bomb” posted on Linux forums and chat rooms. It looks like a random string of characters. What do those characters actually do?



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