Unhide - The opensource forensic tool

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by lotuseclat79, Feb 15, 2012.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Unhide - The opensource forensic tool.

    -- Tom
  2. x942

    x942 Guest

    Works great and rkhunter uses it too :)
  3. Mr. Y

    Mr. Y Registered Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I've always worried that some "Rootkit Tools/Finders" are actually Rootkits themselves- How would you ever know?
  4. x942

    x942 Guest

    lol they are open source? ;)
  5. It is possible to write very underhanded code, though, and some of it might get past even the most experienced eyes.

    It gets worse than that though. What if the compiler used to compile your OS installed backdoors in the applications it compiled? If not, what if the compiler that compiled that compiler was tampered with to install a self-propagating backdoor? The minute you turn on your computer, whatever OS it is running, you are implicitly trusting a whole bunch of people.

    You might as well trust them, unless your career and lifestyle are such that you can avoid ever using a computer. There's not much else you can do. That said, "computer security" is basically an oxymoron. It's not just impossible to know if you're secure in absolute terms, it's impossible to even come close to knowing if you're secure.

    OTOH, there's no reason you couldn't be a disembodied brain in a tank somewhere, being fed false sensory data... But assuming that that is the case is not useful, so you might as well assume by default that you're a real human interacting with a real physical world. IMO the same applies to computer security. Skepticism is good; but after a certain point all you can do is assume that you're secure, at least for all practical purposes.

    [/semi-wild tangent]

    TL:DR: the source code being public indicates a much lower probability of shenanigans. It does not mitigate the possibility of shenanigans entirely. Don't worry, be happy (because tomorrow the world burns).
  6. x942

    x942 Guest

    EDIT: Never Mind. That post was off topic, I don't want to ruin this thread over a rant. =)
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