[Nikto-discuss] nikto using 1.5Gb memory

Sullo csullo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 02:50:09 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 7:39 AM, Andres Riancho
<andres.riancho at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I can think of a few ways to once and for all solve this mutate memory issue:
>> - get rid of mutate
>    Thats not an option, people use it =)

good to know--I *never* do :-)

> - Create a Queue object with a size limit.
> - Create a thread that iterates through the mutate tests, and adds the
> tests to the Queue.
> - Create another thread, that will read from the Queue and send the
> requests to the web server.

Someone pointed out to me that DBM::Deep may solve some problems. Like
File::Tie it can write to/from a flat file database, but unlike the
File::Tie module it accesses the data in hash structures. The data
would be saved to disk and could be accessed in an each() loop without
loading it into memory, and because it's already hashed up it wouldn't
take any (much) post-load processing.

My thought is, though, if we head down this road it might make sense
to make a lot of under-the-hood changes to have multiple threads
spooling tests out, and a configurable number of threads taking them
out and running them.

Anyone previously jumped far enough into the dozens of thread modules
to make a recommendation?


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