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Daily emails from chkrootkit using postfix / sendmail command

You have installed chkrootkit and it's now running with daily cron, but unless you are logging in daily to check the logs, you won't know of any potential problems. Here's a simple way to have the daily report emailed to you with only postfix installed, using the sendmail command.

Edit /etc/chkrootkit.conf and add the following


Edit /etc/cron.daily/chkrootkit and towards the bottom of the file, replace $CHKROOTKIT $RUN_DAILY_OPTS with

$CHKROOTKIT > $LOG_DIR/chkrootkit.log #Run chkrootkit and save the logfile
echo "Subject: [chkrootkit] $(hostname -f) - Daily report" #Create subject line using the hostname
echo "To: $REPORT_EMAIL" #Insert To: delivery email address using the variable defined in chkrootkit.conf
echo ""
cat $LOG_DIR/chkrootkit.log #Concat the logfile to the output
) | /usr/sbin/sendmail $REPORT_EMAIL #Send out the email!

It is probably a good idea to rotate the logs, so head over to /etc/logrotate.d/chkroot (new file) and enter

/var/log/chkrootkit/*.log {
  rotate 15

Now wait for your daily scheduled cron to run, or run /etc/cron.daily/chkrootkit as root to test it out.

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