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Install RKHunter rootkit scanner

Product Name: RKHunter
Homepage: http://www.rootkit.nl
Description: rkhunter (Rootkit Hunter) is a Unix-based tool that scans for rootkits, backdoors and possible local exploits. It does this by comparing MD5 hashes of important files with known good ones in online database, searching for default directories (of rootkits), wrong permissions, hidden files, suspicious strings in kernel modules, and special tests for Linux and FreeBSD.


cd /usr/local/src
wget wget http://dfn.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/rkhunter/rkhunter-1.3.8.tar.gz
tar -zxvf rkhunter-1.3.6.tar.gz
cd rkhunter-1.3.6
./installer.sh --layout default --install
/usr/local/bin/rkhunter --update
/usr/local/bin/rkhunter --propupd
rm -Rf /usr/local/src/rkhunter*

Add daily cron job

Create run-file

nano -w /etc/cron.daily/rkhunter.sh

Add this text to rkhunter.sh

/usr/local/bin/rkhunter --versioncheck
/usr/local/bin/rkhunter --update
/usr/local/bin/rkhunter --cronjob --report-warnings-only
) | /bin/mail -s 'rkhunter Daily Run (PutYourServerNameHere)' your@email.here

REMEMBER TO CHANGE (PutYourServerNameHere) AND your@email.here

Chmod rkhunter.sh to root only

chmod 700 /etc/cron.daily/rkhunter.sh

Updated on 7 June, 2017

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