How to install and use Rkhunter on a Linux server for rootkit, local exploits, malware and backdoors scanning
To install the latest version of Rkhunter on your server, execute the following commands:
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/rkhunter/rkhunter/1.4.0/rkhunter-1.4.0.tar.gz tar xzfv rkhunter-1.4.0.tar.gz cd rkhunter-1.4.0 ./installer.sh --install --layout default rkhunter --update rkhunter --propupd
Use the following command to perform a test scan on the local system:
Set up a daily cron job on your Linux VPS:
#!/bin/sh ( rkhunter --versioncheck rkhunter --update rkhunter -c --cronjob ) | mail -s 'rkhunter Daily Check' [email protected]
Do not forget to replace ‘[email protected]’ with your email address.
Execute the following command to make the script executable:
chmod +x /etc/cron.daily/rkhunter-cron.sh
That’s it! An email with the results of Rkhunter scan will be sent on your email address on a daily basis.
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