Tripwire is a very valuable security tool for Linux systems, if it is
installed to a clean system. Tripwire should be installed right after
the OS installation, and before you have connected your system to a
network (i.e., before any possibility exists that someone could alter
files on your system).
When Tripwire is initially set up, it creates a database that records
certain file information. Then when it is run, it compares a designated
set of files and directories to the information stored in the database.
Added or deleted files are flagged and reported, as are any files that
have changed from their previously recorded state in the database. When
Tripwire is run against system files on a regular basis, any file
changes will be spotted when Tripwire is run. Tripwire will report the
changes, which will give system administrators a clue that they need to
enact damage control measures immediately if certain files have been