UNIX Computing Security/System processes
System processes of UNIX consist of those processes that are not user services or user processes. One of the most known is init.
The parent of all processes. init will take ownership of orphaned processes. Process ID is almost always 1.
For example, a user may list the status of his or her processes using the
ps command, thus:
$ ps -f UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD john_doe 15265 15254 0 11:18:13 pts/5 00:00 -sh john_doe 11407 15265 1 13:52:09 pts/5 00:00 ps -f
The user with the account name
john_doe is the owner of the two processes with process identifiers 15265 and 11407. That user can send signals to those two processes using the
kill command. However the system can prevent that user from using the
kill command on processes he does not own.