Tripwire – security and data integrity tool

Open Source Tripwire is a free software security and data integrity tool useful for monitoring and alerting on specific file change(s) on a range of systems.

Open Source Tripwire functions as a host-based intrusion detection system. A Tripwire check compares the current filesystem state against a known baseline state, and alerts on any changes it detects. The baseline and check behavior are controlled by a policy file, which specifies which files or directories to monitor, and which attributes to monitor on them, such as hashes, file permissions, and ownership.

When an expected change occurs, such as upgrading a package, the baseline database can be updated to the new known-good state. The policy can also be updated, for example to reduce noise or cover a newly installed package.

It is suitable for monitoring a small number of servers where centralized control and reporting is not needed and professional support is not a requirement.

Features include:

  • Change Detection:
    • Basic checking of files and system properties.
    • 1 policy per server.
  • Textual reports, 1-5 levels of detail.
  • Send SNMP traps & emails.
  • Single host based Management.
  • Command Line User Interface.

Website: github.com/Tripwire/tripwire-open-source
Support:
Developer: Tripwire, Inc.
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

Tripwire is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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