[Bug 320493] [NEW] GNU gnash brings the system to its knees

Launchpad Bug Tracker 320493 at bugs.launchpad.net
Fri Jan 23 21:19:40 UTC 2009

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Installing the GNU gnash Firefox plugin ("apt-get install mozilla-
plugin-gnash") and opening the page
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/index.html in Firefox brings a fully
updated Ubuntu 8.10 to its knees to the point that I needed a hard
reboot to recover.  This is reproducible, and setting
/proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory to 2 does not help.  Obviously it is a
bug in gnash that it overloads the system like this, but it seems to me
to be a much worse bug in Ubuntu that it can't cope with this.  I don't
know if it is possible to set up a modern Linux-based system to survive
this though.

** Affects: gnash (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

GNU gnash brings the system to its knees
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