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Fork Bomb Virus
Fork bomb is also called wabbit or rabbit virus that was crafted by malicious hackers to launch denial-of-service attack on the target system. The virus replicates itself and corrupts the available system resources. It slows down the performance of the system or sometimes can cause system crashes due to resource starvation. Modus Operandi. Fork bomb viruses function in two different ways. It functions in two ways to perform the process of forking – one by using the CPU processing time and also by slowing down the process of operating system. It’s an infinite process where its copies are launch repeatedly. In a system functioning on a Unix operating system, fork bombs are developed to exploit the fork system call. Forked processes are generally copies of the first program, once it starts its execution from the new address at the frame pointer, the process of forking is continued and produces multiple copies causing growth in the process.
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