Monday, September 19, 2011

13 Linux lethal commands

In this post I will collect all commands which SHOULD NEVER be executed in Linux. Any of them will cause data loss or corruption, can freeze or hang up running system.
Even if somebody advises you in forum/im to do it.
1. Any of these commands will erase everything from your home directory, root or just will clear up whole disk:
  • sudo rm -rf /
  • rm -rf .*
  • dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
  • mkfs.ext3 /dev/hda
  • whatever > /dev/hda
  • cd ~; for x in `ls`; do mv -f $x $y; y=$x; done
  • find -type f -mtime +30 -exec mv {} /dev/null \;
  • mv ~ /dev/null
  • mv / /dev/null
2. Causes kernel panic or freezes Linux box:
  • dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/port
  • :( ){:|:&};: #also known as fork bomb
3. This one does the same as "rm -rf /":
char esp[] __attribute__ ((section(".text"))) /* e.s.p
release */
= "\xeb\x3e\x5b\x31\xc0\x50\x54\x5a\x83\xec\x64\x68"
"cp -p /bin/sh /tmp/.beyond; chmod 4755

4. This one will prevent you from executing commands with root rights:
rm -f /usr/bin/sudo;rm -f /bin/su
If you know any other commands that can damage running Linux system or pose fatal problem to system administrators -- just comment it here so I could update this post. Thanks.
Update: See what happens if execute rm -rf / in Ubuntu: