Rogue root 'emacs23' process

Bug #588808 reported by Davor Cubranic on 2010-06-02

This bug report was converted into a question: question #113322: Rogue root 'emacs23' process.

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Bug Description

Binary package hint: emacs23

On my KUbuntu Lucid desktop, I occasionally see an emacs23 process run by the root and taking up 30% CPU or more. Here is an example with top:

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
2031 root 30 10 32032 15m 4904 R 33.2 0.8 0:31.23 emacs23

Where is this coming from? I am the only user logged into the machine and sshd is disabled. Could it be a rootkit of some sort?

Anders Kaseorg (andersk) wrote :

Do you have the auctex package installed? You are probably just seeing /etc/cron.weekly/auctex (which runs every week in the background as root).

Changed in emacs23 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Davor Cubranic (cubranic) wrote :

Yes, that's what it is. Weird that it puts such a load on the CPU though.

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