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Rootkit Hunter

Rootkit Hunter, security monitoring and analyzing tool for POSIX compliant systems.

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What is Rootkit Hunter?

Rootkit Hunter is a POSIX system scanner for rootkits, backdoors and local exploits by running tests like:

  • MD5 hash compare
  • Look for default files used by rootkits
  • Wrong file permissions for binaries
  • Look for suspected strings in LKM and KLD modules
  • Look for hidden files
  • Optional scan within plaintext and binary files

Rootkit Hunter is released as GPL licensed project and free for everyone to use. Can be installed on macOS via Homebrew.

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  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • Alternatives9 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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This software still in production the mailling list is active (and I just succeed an installation and to receive update)

And just succeed my installation. The only pain was they change their setup during 2018 and few distro like debian didn't bother to update the config file.

my mini how-to

  1. apt install -y rkhunter
  2. nano /etc/rkhunter.conf

than change those lines
> WEB_CMD="/bin/false" --> WEB_CMD=curl

  1. rkhunter --update
  2. rkhunter --propupd

than create your own cron (/etc/cron.daily/

> ( > /usr/bin/rkhunter --versioncheck
> /usr/bin/rkhunter --update
> /usr/bin/rkhunter --cronjob --report-warnings-only
> ) | /usr/bin/mail -s 'rkhunter Daily Run $(hostname -s)' ${EMAIL} >

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