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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Scanning for signs of rootkits

A rootkit is a malicious program designed to hide suspicious processes from detection and allow continued, often remote, access to a computer system. Rootkits can be installed using various methods including hiding executable code within web page links, downloaded software programs, or on media files and documents. In this recipe, we will utilize chkrootkit to search for rootkits on our Windows or Linux system.

Getting ready

In order to scan for a rootkit, you can either use your BackTrack installation, log in to a compromised virtual machine remotely, or mount the BackTrack 5 R3 DVD on a computer system to which you have physical access.

How to do it...

Let's begin exploring chkrootkit by navigating to it from the ...

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