Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 117913
nmap causes defunct, zombie spamd process
Last modified: 2007-04-18 13:04:07 EDT
Description of problem:
Running 'nmap -sR localhost' causes a defunct zombie spamd process.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Fully updated RHL 9 installation with spamd enabled.
2. Do 'nmap -sR localhost' as any user.
A defunct, zombie process is left behind.
There should not be a defunct, zombie process left behind.
There is some possibility this could be exploited in a DoS
attack, if an attacker could figure out how to cause many
zombies to pile up. In my simple experience, not really
trying to do anything malicious, I have never seen multiple
zombies. When a new one is created, the previous one somehow
Oh, this might be related to bug 86029, but Bugzilla says I'm
not authorized to access it.
In case you're wondering why I run 'nmap -sR localhost', I
do this each Sunday to put something in /var/log/secure, so
that I could tell if something later in the week truncated
that file to zero length.
closing due to inactivity and this is an ancient version. If you still see this
problem with spamassassin-3.0.x, then you should report it to upstream bugzilla.