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O'Reilly Network: Understanding RootkitsDec 20, 2001, 20:55 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oktay Altunergil)
"A rootkit is a collection of tools an intruder brings along to a victim computer after gaining initial access. A rootkit generally contains network sniffers, log-cleaning scripts, and trojaned replacements of core system utilities such as ps, netstat, ifconfig, and killall. Although the intruders still need to break into a victim system before they can install their rootkits, the ease-of-use and the amount of destruction they cause make rootkits a big threat for system administrators.
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