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Fork Bomb

Fork Bomb, Pretty much clear by name, anything which uses the "fork" operation and explodes like a bomb is known as Fork Bomb. It's a form of DOS (Denial Of Service) attack, using fork operation, in which a running process can create another running process. Fork bomb is sometimes referred as wabbit. In other words, Fork Bomb is a particular species of wabbit that can be written in one line of code.

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Forking vs Threading

Fork is nothing but a new process that looks exactly like the old or the parent process but still it is a different process with different process ID and having it's own memory. Parent process creates a separate address space for child. Both parent and child process possess the same code segment, but execute independently from each other.

Threads are Light Weight Processes (LWPs). Traditionally, a thread is just a CPU (and some other minimal state) state with the process containing the remains (data, stack, I/O, signals). Threads require less overhead than "forking" or spawning a new process because the system does not initialize a new system virtual memory space and environment for the process.

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