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Re: possible security hole? causes system crash

On Sat, 22 Aug 1998, Michael Beattie wrote:

> On Fri, 21 Aug 1998, Paul Miller wrote:
> > 
> > I'm having lots of trouble w/ mc (midnight commander).  It offen stops
> > responding when running an external command (viewing files (using internal
> > viewer), executing programs, going to the shell prompt, etc.).  There is
> > no way I can kill it either.  I've tried kill -9 and nothing happens.
> > Once it happens once, it'll always happen the next time.  In a little
> > while system stops responding, and I need to toggle the on/off switch -- I
> > can't reconnect via telnet or locally to unmount file systems, etc..
> > 
> > Is this a problem w/ the kernel?  I'm using Linux-2.0.35,pre36-6
> > 
> > Are there any programs similar to mc?
> I had some problems that were similar, but I was able to kill mc
> successfully, have you tried killing the external program? Or has it
> finished without an error? (I dont know what you would do with the
> internal viewer.) What configuration for mc have you changed?

mc never actually runs the external program, it probably freezes when it's
swapping...?   Oh, it usually happens when I'm using it as root..
sometimes it event happens with gcc.


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