Server Loads Explained Published: Feb 11, 2004
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I’ve been seeing some new breads of server attacks lately. These are much harder ones to spot.

These new types of attack grab the users from
the passwd list and find all files or folders that have write atrributes
set then inject .htaccess and other php files that essentially destroy
all users accounts on the server.

The exploit works on systems that do not have phpsuexec enabled and
users find along with a PHP.

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Comments (6)

  • Gravatar - rakhee
    rakhee 11:00, August 5, 2005
    HI........WHEN I USE W COMMAND ON aix SERVER IT SHOWS 0 LOAD AVERAGE WITH non-root user but root user shows correct load average
  • Gravatar - someserver
    someserver 18:45, September 3, 2005
    The loads are not explained. You can host hundreds of of websites on your server which have some 10 visitors per day. Try to host 1 php-nuke website with some 100 people online all the time - your server load never will be under 1.
  • Gravatar - Steve
    Steve 16:12, September 5, 2005
    Well isn't that obvious? PHP/Database driven sites will use more of the systems resources, therefor not letting you host as many sites. PHP-Nuke or poorly programmed sites will slow a server down a lot. There is no magic number of sites on a system its all a balance of resource management and usage.
  • Gravatar - 13:28, September 20, 2006
    True, below 1.0 load is very important. Average 2-3 load, I would consider get another machine or upgrade hardware.
  • Gravatar - 22:26, April 19, 2007
    Nice site Pete :)
  • Gravatar - Referat
    Referat 11:46, October 11, 2010
    I don`t get it ... in my case it`s something like this "Server Load 8.65 (4 cpus)" is this bad?

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