Rootkit Hunter (rkhunter)
Tool and Usage
Security tool to search for traces of rootkits, backdoors, and other malicious components on systems running Linux and other flavors of Unix
Rootkit Hunter is a small utility to find suspicious rootkit components. Other known backdoors or malicious software can also be discovered, especially if it has the goal to hide.
The tool uses different ways to hunt, like using predefined directory locations and comparing the output of system utilities. Another method is by requesting a specific output and see if this output is altered, therefore tricking rootkits to reveal themselves.
Usage and audience
This tool is categorized as a Linux malware detection tool.
Rootkit Hunter is commonly used for malware scan. Target users for this tool are system administrators.
- Rootkit Hunter is written in shell script
- Command line interface
- + Used language is shell script
- + Project is mature (10+ years)
- + The source code of this software is available
Author and Maintainers
Support operating systems
Rootkit Hunter is known to work on AIX, FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris.
Rootkit Hunter alternatives
|Latest release||1.4.4 [2017-06-29]|
|Last updated||Sept. 27, 2017|
|Rootkit Hunter website|