Root kit for ubuntu

Aart Koelewijn aart at
Wed Feb 6 11:32:17 UTC 2008

On Wed, 06 Feb 2008 10:20:21 +0000, Kenneth P. Turvey wrote:

> I just had a message pop up indicating that I needed to reboot my system
> due to a security update.  This happened without my actually installing
> any updates at all.  I was just using my computer as usual.
> After looking around a bit, I noticed that my grub directory had been
> updated.  Then when I stat'ed my running kernel, this is what I got:
> kt at searay:/boot$ stat vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic
>   File: `vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic'
>   Size: 1747596         Blocks: 3424       IO Block: 4096   regular file
> Device: 801h/2049d      Inode: 3063809     Links: 1 Access:
> (0644/-rw-r--r--)  Uid: (    0/    root)   Gid: (    0/    root) Access:
> 2008-02-06 03:29:06.000000000 -0600 Modify: 2008-01-31
> 21:43:04.000000000 -0600 Change: 2008-02-06 03:29:48.000000000 -0600
> This is the second time I've had a problem like this since installing
> Ubuntu.  Is there a widely available root kit for it?  I would like to
> stick with Ubuntu, but this is getting annoying.

You can set it yourself in repositories/updates. You can choose for 
automatic updates, like you seem to have done, or only warnings. There 
has been a recent update of the kernel for security reasons. For 7.10 I 
now have 2.6.22-14-generic. I can't see what you find annoying about 
this. Most updates can be done without rebooting, but for a kernel update 
you will have to reboot.


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