Process of "init --user" gradually eats all RAM then the system starts using swap and hangs.

Bug #1376283 reported by Tulp1
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upstart (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Process of "init --user" gradually eats all RAM then the system starts using swap and hangs.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: upstart 1.12.1-0ubuntu4.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-13.20-generic 3.11.6
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-13-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.4
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Oct 1 18:06:48 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-11-09 (325 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" - Release i386 (20131016)
SourcePackage: upstart
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2014-07-20 (72 days ago)
UpstartBugCategory: Session
UpstartRunningSessionCount: 2
UpstartRunningSystemVersion: init (upstart 1.12.1)

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Tulp1 (tulp1) wrote :
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Seth Arnold (seth-arnold) wrote : Bug is not a security issue

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but this appears to be a "regular" (non-security) bug. I have unmarked it as a security issue since this bug does not show evidence of allowing attackers to cross privilege boundaries nor directly cause loss of data/privacy. Please feel free to report any other bugs you may find.

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James Hunt (jamesodhunt) wrote :

Please can you run 'apport-collect 1376283' (ideally when your system is experiencing the issue).

Also, assuming you have not created any jobs yourself that might contain confidential information (?), it would be extremely useful if you could run the following when experiencing the problem and attach upstart.state.gz to this report:

$ wget
$ sh ./ | json_pp | json_pp | gzip -9 > /tmp/upstart.state.gz


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