Install Rkhunter (Rootkit Hunter) in Linux : Easy Steps

Install Rkhunter
Rkhunter is a Linux-based tool that scans for rootkits, backdoors, and possible local exploits. This article will help you to install Rkhunter on your server.

This article will help you to install Rkhunter in Linux. Ever heard about RootKit Hunter (Rkhunter )? This tool scans 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


Follow the below steps to scan your system using RootKit Hunter.
1) Go to “/opt” and download the latest RootKit Hunter from here >>

cd /opt
tar -xvf rkhunter-1.4.2.tar.gz
cd rkhunter-1.4.2


( Please note that the above URL won’t always work. So you need to find the correct package and download link from here >> )


2) Install the RootKit Hunter by running the script with “–install” switch.

./ --install


3) Run the below command to update RootKit Hunter.

rkhunter --update


4) Run the below command to perform the scan. ( Where -c is to check the local system and –sk is to skip keypress )

rkhunter -c -sk


That’s it. It will scan the local system and will give you a detailed output.

So that’s how you install rkhunter in Linux.

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