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Suddenly my website became very slow. When I login into my sever with ssh, and checked the cpu utilization, I found host command was utilizing more than 80% cpu. The problem was solved by a server restart. But I am afraid it can be come back. Any explanation of the possible cause?

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    You might want to scan your filesystem for files named "host", to be sure there's only the one (something like find / -name host 2>&1 should do the trick) – Chris S Feb 19 '14 at 14:46
  • This is the output of your command : /usr/bin/host /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40/drivers/memstick/host /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40/drivers/usb/host /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40/drivers/mmc/host /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40-virtual/include/config/scsi/sas/host /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-40-virtual/include/config/bcma/host – vinayrks Feb 19 '14 at 18:22
  • Looks reasonable... I can't imagine why it would be doing that. Probably something you'll have to keep an eye on, especially since you don't know how it got started. – Chris S Feb 19 '14 at 19:54
  • I am getting abuse report from amazon , my server is on Amazon EC2 , hackers are using my server to attack on other websites , is host command high usage due to that ? – vinayrks Feb 27 '14 at 15:44
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    Possible duplicate of /usr/bin/host executed by hacked PHP script – rsanchez Feb 15 '17 at 19:09

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