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ulimit - set or get the resource limit of the current process


ulimit is a command provides control over the resourcing of a process. The ulimit command can be used to set the limits on the system resources that can be used by the process. The limits can be set for any of the following that the system supports: files, memory, number of processes, maximum CPU time, and more. With some limits, ulimit also has the ability to query the current limit.

Ulimit can be used to protect systems from resource abuse by allowing users to put an upper limit on the amount of certain resources they can allocate to their processes. This ensures that runaway processes or user abuse of resources is avoided.


  • resource:int[K,U] - the resource to use.
  • limit:string[K,U] - the new resource limit. Can be a number, 'hard' or 'soft'.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.
  • U - Originated from user space (for example, pointer to user space memory used to get it)
  • TOCTOU - Vulnerable to TOCTOU (time of check, time of use)
  • OPT - Optional argument - might not always be available (passed with null value)






to monitor the resource limit of the current process.

Example Use Case

Ulimit can be used to guard against an individual user or process from going wild and consuming too much resources by putting a limit on the resources that can be used.


Ulimit might not be available in all systems, so it is important to check what the supported resources are before using it.


This document was automatically generated by OpenAI and needs review. It might not be accurate and might contain errors. The authors of Tracee recommend that the user reads the "events.go" source file to understand the events and their arguments better.