Author: Priyanshu Shukla

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Rootkit in a Nutshell



A rootkit is a backdoor software that is designed to provide privileged access to the illicit user, it conceals their existence and actions from users and other system processes.
The term rootkit has two component terms, one is root and other is kit. Root is Unix/Linux term that’s equivalent to admin, it means the guy has all permissions to read, write and execute files.The term kit denotes programs that allow somebody to obtain root level access to the program by executing the programs in the kit – all of this is done without end-user permission or knowledge. Rootkits have two primary functions: remote command/control (back door) and software eavesdropping.