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How To Detect Rootkits On Kali Linux – chkrootkit & rkhunter

Rootkit Detection On Linux

What is a Rootkit?

A rootkit is a clandestine computer program designed to provide continued privileged access to a computer while actively hiding its presence. Rootkits are generally associated with malware – such as Trojans, worms, viruses – that conceal their existence and actions from users and other system processes.

Rootkit Detection


Install – apt-get install chkrootkit (comes pre-installed)


chkrootkit -h : help menu

chkrootkit: starts the checking process



Install – apt-get install rkhunter


rkhunter – help menu

rkhunter -c : checks local system

rkhunter –update : updates the rootkit database




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