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Rootkit

Introduction

A rootkit is a set of tools used by an intruder after cracking a computer system. These tools can help the attacker maintain his or her access to the system and use it for malicious purposes. Root kits exist for a variety of operating systems, including Linux.

Rkhunter

Rkhunter is a command line tool that scans for rootkits, backdoors, and possible local exploits. It can be installed from the repos.

UUID

A Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) is an identifier standard used in software construction whose intent is to enable distributed systems to uniquely identify information without significant central coordination.

Typically, a UUID consists of 32 hexadecimal digits, displayed in 5 groups separated by hyphens, e.g.:

1c54e8c6-7847-48c8-90c3-af8060af197b

Getting UUIDs

To get a list of the UUIDs for your partitions:

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