Unhide is a little handy forensic tool to find hidden processes and TCP/UDP ports by rootkits / LKMs or by another hidden technique. This tool works under Linux, Unix-like system, and MS-Windows operating systems. From the man page:
It detects hidden processes using three techniques:
- The proc technique consists of comparing /proc with the output of /bin/ps.
- The sys technique consists of comparing information gathered from /bin/ps with information gathered from system calls.
- The brute technique consists of bruteforcing the all process IDs. This technique is only available on Linux 2.6 kernels.
Most rootkits/malware use the power of the kernel to hide, they are only visible from within the kernel. You can use unhide or tool such as rkhunter to scan for rootkits, backdoors, and possible local exploits.
This page describes how to install unhide and search for hidden process and TCP/UDP ports.
How do I Install Unhide?
It is recommended that you run this tool from read-only media. To install the same under a Debian or Ubuntu Linux, type the following apt-get command/apt command:
$ sudo apt-get install unhide
[sudo] password for vivek: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Suggested packages: rkhunter The following NEW packages will be installed: unhide 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 46.6 kB of archives. After this operation, 136 kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/universe amd64 unhide amd64 20130526-1 [46.6 kB] Fetched 46.6 kB in 0s (49.0 kB/s) Selecting previously unselected package unhide. (Reading database ... 205367 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../unhide_20130526-1_amd64.deb ... Unpacking unhide (20130526-1) ... Setting up unhide (20130526-1) ... Processing triggers for man-db (184.108.40.206-2) ...
How to install unhide on a RHEL/CentOS/Oracle/Scientific/Fedora Linux
Type the following yum command (first turn on EPLE repo on a CentOS/RHEL version 6.x or version 7.x):
$ sudo yum install unhide
If you are using a Fedora Linux, type the following dnf command:
$ sudo dnf install unhide
How to install unhide on an Arch Linux
Type the following pacman command:
$ sudo pacman -S unhide
FreeBSD: Install unhide
Type the following command to install unhide using the port, enter:
# cd /usr/ports/security/unhide/
# make install clean
OR, you can install the same using the binary package with help of pkg command:
# pkg install unhide
unhide-tcp is a forensic tool that identifies TCP/UDP ports that are listening but are not listed in /bin/netstat or /bin/ss command through brute forcing of all TCP/UDP ports available.
How do I use unhide tool?
The syntax is:
unhide [options] test_list
Test_list is one or more of the following standard tests:
You can use it as follows:
# unhide proc
# unhide sys
# unhide quick
Unhide 20130526 Copyright © 2013 Yago Jesus & Patrick Gouin License GPLv3+ : GNU GPL version 3 or later http://www.unhide-forensics.info NOTE : This version of unhide is for systems using Linux >= 2.6 Used options: [*]Searching for Hidden processes through comparison of results of system calls, proc, dir and ps
How to use unhide-tcp forensic tool that identifies TCP/UDP ports
From the man page:
unhide-tcp is a forensic tool that identifies TCP/UDP ports that are listening but are not listed by /sbin/ss (or alternatively by /bin/netstat) through brute forcing of all TCP/UDP ports available.
Note1 : On FreeBSD ans OpenBSD, netstat is allways used as iproute2 doesn’t exist on these OS. In addition, on FreeBSD, sockstat is used instead of fuser.
Note2 : If iproute2 is not available on the system, option -n or -s SHOULD be given on the command line.
Unhide 20100201 http://www.security-projects.com/?Unhide Starting TCP checking Starting UDP checking
However, I found something interesting:
Unhide 20100201 http://www.security-projects.com/?Unhide Starting TCP checking Found Hidden port that not appears in netstat: 1048 Found Hidden port that not appears in netstat: 1049 Found Hidden port that not appears in netstat: 1050 Starting UDP checking
The netstat -tulpn or ss commands displayed nothing about the hidden TCP ports # 1048, 1049, and 1050:
# netstat -tulpn | grep 1048
# ss -lp
# ss -l | grep 1048
For more info read man pages by typing the following command:
$ man unhide
$ man unhide-tcp
A note about Windows users
You can grab the WinUnhide/WinUnhide-TCP by visiting this page.