port-linux.c bug with oom_adjust_restore() - causes real bad oom_adj - which can cause DoS conditions.

Cal Leeming [Simplicity Media Ltd] cal.leeming at simplicitymedialtd.co.uk
Tue May 31 22:58:48 EST 2011

On 31/05/2011 13:37, Darren Tucker wrote:
> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM, Cal Leeming [Simplicity Media Ltd]
> <cal.leeming at simplicitymedialtd.co.uk>  wrote:
> [...]
>> Oh trust me, I looked *everywhere*. Even to the extent of running
>> tripwire from a bare bones system, and looking manually at every
>> change made. I also looked for loads of different keywords (-17, oom,
>> proc, self) etc. Spent hours on it :/
>> As for the comment about the modprobe, I already did all this (full
>> debug can be found at
>> http://www.debianhelp.org/content/cgroup-oom-killer-loop-causes-system-lockup-possible-fix-included
>> ), and found that when the bnx2 module isn't loaded, the problem goes
>> away.. When it is loaded, the problem comes back.
> Did you check /proc/self/oom_adj before and after loading the module?
> I don't see that in there, and it it *does* change it would eliminate
> sshd as a variable.
> As a workaround, you could add "echo 0>/proc/self/oom_adj" to
> /etc/default/ssh.  It's a bit ugly, but at least you wouldn't need to
> recompile anything.

Thank you for the response! I've put some replies back to Gerts email 
(relating to this suggestion).

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