Microsoft KB Archive/252193

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POSIX-Based Program May Leak Private Bytes and Non Paged Pool Bytes Calling Fork ()

Article ID: 252193

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q252193


A POSIX-based program may leak Private Bytes and Non Paged Pool Bytes if the parent process uses the fork() function.


This problem can occur if the computer was not properly decrementing the process's Pool and Non-Paged Pool quota when the child process exited.


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

   Date      Time                 Size    File name     
   11/30/99  02:45p               952,960 Ntkrnlmp.exe
   11/30/99  02:44p               932,736 Ntoskrnl.exe


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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