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Bug 145343 - Spontaneously can't fork() as/setuid() to a specific user
Spontaneously can't fork() as/setuid() to a specific user
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Dave Jones
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-01-17 12:27 EST by Nils Philippsen
Modified: 2015-01-04 17:15 EST (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2005-07-26 07:10:40 EDT
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Description Nils Philippsen 2005-01-17 12:27:09 EST
Description of problem:

Spontaneously, I couldn't fork() (well, clone(), when running an external
program from a running bash) as my user or setuid() (when running su) to my user
anymore. The system calls return EAGAIN which indicates it runs against
RLIMIT_NPROC, but this can't really be as there are only a couple of processes
running (about 20, both soft and hard limits are 8191 on that machine). When I
kill all processes of that user on the machine, things are back to normal. Maybe
something corrupts the RLIMIT_NPROCS setting.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
? -- If I experience it again, maybe I can find a apattern, but I'm not sure
about it now.
Actual results:
clone() from user, setuid() to user fail with EAGAIN. Other users are fine.

Expected results:
clone(), setuid() work
Comment 1 Nils Philippsen 2005-03-08 05:15:42 EST
Problem persists on kernel-2.6.10-1.770_FC3.

Processes running when the problem happened this time:

--- 8< ---
root@wombat:~> pgrep -u nils -l
16782 ssh-agent
16866 gconfd-2
17109 gam_server
20771 spamd
20773 spamd
20774 spamd
20775 spamd
20776 spamd
20777 spamd
21490 esd
--- >8 ---
Comment 2 Dave Jones 2005-07-15 15:15:12 EDT
An update has been released for Fedora Core 3 (kernel-2.6.12-1.1372_FC3) which
may contain a fix for your problem.   Please update to this new kernel, and
report whether or not it fixes your problem.

If you have updated to Fedora Core 4 since this bug was opened, and the problem
still occurs with the latest updates for that release, please change the version
field of this bug to 'fc4'.

Thank you.
Comment 3 Nils Philippsen 2005-07-26 07:10:40 EDT
Doesn't seem to happen anymore with recent FC4 kernels.

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