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Vulnerability Score 2.1 2.1
CVE Id CVE-2000-0829
Last Modified 05 Sep 2008 04:21:58
Published 14 Nov 2000 12:00:00
Confidentiality Impact NONE NONE
Integrity Impact NONE NONE
Availability Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Access Vector LOCAL
Access Complexity LOW
Authentication NONE



The tmpwatch utility in Red Hat Linux forks a new process for each directory level, which allows local users to cause a denial of service by creating deeply nested directories in /tmp or /var/tmp/.

Vulnerable Systems

Operating System

  • Redhat Linux 6.1


  • Redhat Tmpwatch 2.2

  • Redhat Tmpwatch 2.5.1


XF - linux-tmpwatch-fork-dos

BID - 1664

BUGTRAQ - 20000909 tmpwatch: local DoS : fork()bomb as root

REDHAT - RHSA-2000:080

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:35:53