High CPU processes use ALL CPU. --max-cpu-usage=99

June 26, 2019 1.2k views
Monitoring Ubuntu 18.04

I created a WordPress droplet from Marketplace.

After some time, some proccess appears and starts consuming all CPU from my server.

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
13353 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 S 92.7 0.3 0:46.47 0vzrhru4r7ji 85.86.148.14:8080 -u x -p x -B –max-cpu-usage=99
12939 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 S 88.7 0.3 1:06.48 fnzsz968upnj3au4cg0k 48.14:8080 -u prxy -p k -v 0 -B –max-cpu-usage=99
13355 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 R 48.3 0.3 0:23.36 0vzrhru4r7ji 85.86.148.14:8080 -u x -p x -B –max-cpu-usage=99
12940 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 R 44.4 0.3 0:32.92 fnzsz968upnj3au4cg0k 48.14:8080 -u prxy -p k -v 0 -B –max-cpu-usage=99
13354 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 R 43.7 0.3 0:23.39 0vzrhru4r7ji 85.86.148.14:8080 -u x -p x -B –max-cpu-usage=99
12941 www-data 20 0 55752 5148 1216 R 43.7 0.3 0:33.54 fnzsz968upnj3au4cg0k 48.14:8080 -u prxy -p k -v 0 -B –max-cpu-usage=99

This process does not stop, only if reboot.

1 Answer

Depending on your admin settings, you’re likely being crawled by one of the many search engines out there. That’ll peg the CPU of most small droplets. I’d start looking at your Apache/Nginx logs to see where-from and what-type of traffic is hitting your WP server.

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