"It's been about three years since I woke up one morning and
discovered my Web/mail server was rooted. Thinking back, I must
have assumed that just running Linux was enough to keep me out of
harm's way. These days I am not so cocky. I try to keep current
with security patches for the apps I run. I don't run services I
don't need or use. And there is a firewall between me and the wild.
One thing I haven't made a part of my regular routine--not yet, at
least--is checking for rootkits on a regular basis. That may be
about to change, since I found a nifty little project called
"Michael Boelen was motivated to create the rootkit hunter one
day after he and a friend accidentally scanned a machine with a
brand new installation of FreeBSD 5.0. The machine had no Internet
connection, and yet the tool they used, chkrootkit, reported
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