Detecting Linux rootkits

In this article about intrusion detection we have a look at Linux rootkits, what they do and how to detect them.


Malware, or malicious software is also an issue on Linux systems. Let’s have a look into this threat and what actions you can take. What is a rootkit? A rootkit is a set of tools with the goal to hide its presence and to continue providing system access to an attacker. The word rootkit comes from the root user, which is the administrator account on Linux systems and Unix-clones. The kit refers to a toolkit, or a set of tools.