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Re: linux 2.0 PTE bug
From: peak () kerberos troja mff cuni cz (Pavel Kankovsky)
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 21:23:34 +0200

On Tue, 26 May 1998 pedward () WEBCOM COM wrote:

(it really has nothing to do with resources).  The main factor is RLIMIT_AS,
defined in /usr/src/linux/include/asm/resource.h, it controls how much virtual
memory that a process can map, mmap utilizes virtual memory.  You can
safely throttle people by running a program which calls setrlimit(2) with
RLIMIT_AS as the resource.  By far, 3GB is too much.

This is only a DoS if you LET it be a DoS.

No. Re-read the program carefully:

<quote author="p6mip300 () INFOP6 CICRP JUSSIEU FR">

void the_handler(int x)
  signal(SIGSEGV, the_handler);


  if(mmap((void *)address, 4, PROT_READ,
        MAP_FIXED|MAP_PRIVATE, fd, 0)==(void *)-1) {

void main(void)
  signal(SIGSEGV, the_handler);

  /* 3*1024*1024*1024 = TASK_SIZE,
   * 1024*4096 = number of bytes one pte can map */
  for (address=0; address<3*1024*1024*1024; address+=1024*4096) {
    i=*(unsigned long *)address;
    if (touch_me) {
      munmap((void *)address, 4);


The program allocates ONE page for each 4MB block of address space. This
makes 768 pages (3MB). It would hardly hit a (reasonable) AS limit even if
it did not disallocate the page having touched it.

It can run with RLIMIT_AS set to 1MB. At least on my system--I have
tried it (according to /proc/*/status, VmSize was 904 kB).

--Pavel Kankovsky aka Peak  [ Boycott Microsoft--http://www.vcnet.com/bms ]

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