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Re: What is the best free HIDS for Debian

Am 09.05.22 um 00:48 schrieb Tomasz Ciolek:
5. have we eliminated other causes of file mismatch - bad/incomplete
updates, corrupted HDD, bad RAM, user error ?

If exactly such files have been changed where there is reason to manipulate them for a rootkit then one shall assume unequivocally that there is a rootkit installed. With bad RAM you get a system crash and with a physically bad hard disk you get filesystem errors on fsck, none of which you get with a rootkit where only certain files have been manipulated intentionally. A broken update could theoretically result in a singleton file of half the size. Usually running programs keep to use the old version of the file under Linux while newly issued open operations on the same file name will use the file as replaced by an update. A file of half the size would however result in an unusable program, none of which you would usually observe with a rootkit.


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