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Linux :: What is fork bomb in Linux?

posted Feb 14, 2013, 2:15 AM by Ashish Jain
In computing, a fork bomb is a denial-of-service attack whereby a process continually replicates itself to deplete available system resources.
The concept is to create the processes continually replicate themselves, potentially causing a denial of service. A basic implementation of a fork bomb takes the following form:

set running to true
while running is true
    create copy of running process

Most elegant fork bomb was created by Jaromil in 2002 by pasting the following 13 characters in shell
 :(){ :|:& };: