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rootkit (plural rootkits)
- (computer security) A set of software tools used by a third party to gain unauthorized access to a computer system and control the system while concealing itself from the user.
rootkit (third-person singular simple present rootkits, present participle rootkitting, simple past and past participle rootkitted)
- (transitive) To infect (a computer system) with a rootkit.
- 2000, Seth T. Ross, UNIX system security tools:
- Given crackers' propensity for "rootkitting" systems — installing altered system binaries to facilitate future access — systematic integrity checks using message digest algorithms or one-way hash functions can be an important detection safeguard.
- 2006, Ed Skoudis; Tom Liston, Counter hack reloaded:
- If not, your system might have been rootkitted.