Root Check Published: Aug 25, 2004
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I took my dog Jax out for a walk tonight and on the way back I came across a Compaq DeskPro PC sitting beside the garbage bin.

I guess
whoever put it there must have thought it might be good enough to not
throw out. After putting my dog inside I returned and brought back with
new discovery to my apartment with a feeling of excitement! I quickly
took the cables out of the older system and hooked it up.

The system booted! It was a Pentium 3 500 Mhz, 320 MB ram, DVD-ROM with
a 10 gig drive, network card ready to go. It had Windows 98 on it but I
couldn’t get it to load in safe mode or anything else. I ripped out the
drive and mounted it in my external USB case and hooked it up to my
other system. After hooking it up I did a virus scan, the thing was a
breading ground for trojans and viruses with over 50 findings. I quickly
disconnected the drive and put it back into the system.

There’s only one thing to do with a finding like this. I whipped out my
CentOS 3.4 CDs and began installing it. The installation went great and
finished in about 20 minutes. I logged into console and began playing
with my new toy! I quickly got it setup on my network and logged into my
new box through my laptop. W00t nothings better than finding some
working free gear!



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Comments (12)

  • Gravatar - domper
    domper 22:43, August 28, 2004
    Can I install rootcheck if I have directadmin as web control panel on my server?.
  • Gravatar - WHG - Steve
    WHG - Steve 21:39, August 29, 2004
    Yes, the type of control panel shouldn't matter.
  • Gravatar - vijay kumar
    vijay kumar 12:41, September 19, 2004
    very nice tutorial thanks i tried and found it very useful
  • Gravatar - ParisDNS
    ParisDNS 10:30, May 18, 2005
    Got error when rnning ./ :<br />
    <br />
    Can't locate IO/ in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.6/i686-linux /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.6 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.6/i686-linux /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.6 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0 /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl .) at mods/ line 22.<br />
    BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at mods/ line 22.<br />
    Compilation failed in require at ./ line 60.
  • Gravatar - Hesham
    Hesham 22:07, November 20, 2005
    The provided URL is not working!
  • Gravatar - sinangunay
    sinangunay 09:03, December 17, 2005
    Because new version is avaliable, and changed the usage of script.<br />
    please try,<br />
  • Gravatar - codeunix
    codeunix 18:22, July 14, 2006
    the new url link is:<br />
  • Gravatar - cyberspace
    cyberspace 08:20, November 6, 2006
    ParisDNS, you need to install the perl module called IO::Interface
  • Gravatar - Brendan RTG
    Brendan RTG 07:26, January 9, 2007
    root@jade [/downloads]# tar -xvzf rootcheck-0.4.tar.gz<br />
    <br />
    gzip: stdin: not in gzip format<br />
    tar: Child returned status 1<br />
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors<br />
    root@jade [/downloads]#<br />
  • Gravatar - Rudi
    Rudi 11:36, February 1, 2007
    Does anyone run the check via cron? And if so, how often?
  • Gravatar - Rich
    Rich 15:04, July 31, 2009
    404 error<br />
    wget<br />
    Is not found ?<br />
    <br />
    Thanks<br />
  • Gravatar - Jim
    Jim 16:26, September 3, 2009
    Updated shell commands:<br />
    <br />
    Installing and Running Rootcheck from Shell:<br />
    <br />
    wget <br />
    # tar -zxvf rootcheck-2.0.tar.gz<br />
    # cd rootcheck-2.0<br />
    # make all<br />
    # ./ossec-rootcheck

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