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Re: Locking processes against being killed when low on memory

On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 20:54:45 +0900 (JST) (YAMAMOTO Takashi) wrote:

> > I wrote a program that was intended to grab and zero all free
> > memory. When I tried running it while multiuser, it crashed the
> > machine...  I was unable to reproduce that in single-user, and
> > since I was in X I have no idea what the crash was.  (Why did I
> > write such a program?  I wanted to generate a system core file to
> > upload.  First, I know from experience (and running the 'strings'
> > command) that a lot of sensitive information can be left lying
> > around memory.  Second, when most of RAM is zeros the file
> > compresses a lot better, and that's a big advantage when you have
> > 3GB of RAM in the dump...)
> please investigate what the crash was and file a PR.
I'll try, but with no message and no dump that isn't easy...

                --Steve Bellovin,

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