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Old 01-08-2007, 12:16 AM   #1
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Odd issue involving top....


Ok, this has happened twice so far since I installed Slack 3-4 days ago and I have no idea why. Basically what has happened is I have noticed KDE getting kinda choppy and some apps being slow (and my HD LED going crazy too). I pull up top to see whats going on and I see an instance of top being run by root (which I didn't do) that is taking up most of the CPU. I kill it and all is well. But still not sure what is causing it. Any ideas?
 
Old 01-08-2007, 12:32 AM   #2
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a haxxor ? aliens ? uhhh ... your guess is as good as mine
 
Old 01-08-2007, 01:15 AM   #3
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...uh ...do you mean you see two instances of top, or just the one that you pulled up to see what was going on?

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Old 01-08-2007, 01:17 AM   #4
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Yeah 2 instances....one from root (which I didn't run) AND the one I pulled up as a regular user.
 
Old 01-08-2007, 01:29 AM   #5
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Sorry for the stupid question, you never know.

If it were me, I would lock down the firewall to block ALL incoming traffic (unless it is mission critical), then reboot. If the problem stops happening, then you either made somebody's sh*t list, or one of your friends figured out your root password (or escalated their user account, which isn't to hard to do).

I doubt any serious hackers out there would be interested into cracking your box so they can annoy you by running top. They are to busy being 1337

...drkstr
 
Old 01-09-2007, 04:56 PM   #6
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Ya know, I think I just found out the issue....either that or the plot thickens some more.

While I was away from my machine, logged in as a regular user in KDE, I pulled up a console, logged in as root and ran iptraf. I came back to my machine, and decided to close iptraf. When I did, I noticed that the cpu usage spiked again. Checked top to see what the program was and it was iptraf this time...as root. After I had just closed it! I should mention I haven't seen the odd top problem since I last posted. So is there some odd problem with running some apps as root in a GUI console while being logged in as regular user?
 
  


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