Home page logo

bugtraq logo Bugtraq mailing list archives

Re: From the moderator: READ Please
From: woods () ncar ucar edu (Greg Woods)
Date: Mon, 22 May 95 9:10:25 MDT

1) Some new releases of sendmail install the program as group kmem.
I can't see any good reason for this

Most likely it is so that sendmail can determine the load average. It
has a feature that it will start queueing everything (rather than
delivering immediately) at one load threshhold, and another threshhold
at which it will begin refusing connections altogether. On some
systems, there is a system call to get the load average through the
kernel. On those where there is not, it is necessary to read /dev/kmem
to get this information.


  By Date           By Thread  

Current thread:
[ Nmap | Sec Tools | Mailing Lists | Site News | About/Contact | Advertising | Privacy ]