Chapter 7. Checking integrity with AIDE

Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment (AIDE) is a utility that creates a database of files on the system, and then uses that database to ensure file integrity and detect system intrusions.

7.1. Installing AIDE

The following steps are necessary to install AIDE and to initiate its database.


  • The AppStream repository is enabled.


  1. To install the aide package:

    # yum install aide
  2. To generate an initial database:

    # aide --init

    In the default configuration, the aide --init command checks just a set of directories and files defined in the /etc/aide.conf file. To include additional directories or files in the AIDE database, and to change their watched parameters, edit /etc/aide.conf accordingly.

  3. To start using the database, remove the .new substring from the initial database file name:

    # mv /var/lib/aide/ /var/lib/aide/aide.db.gz
  4. To change the location of the AIDE database, edit the /etc/aide.conf file and modify the DBDIR value. For additional security, store the database, configuration, and the /usr/sbin/aide binary file in a secure location such as a read-only media.

7.2. Performing integrity checks with AIDE



  1. To initiate a manual check:

    # aide --check
    Start timestamp: 2018-07-11 12:41:20 +0200 (AIDE 0.16)
    AIDE found differences between database and filesystem!!
    [trimmed for clarity]
  2. At a minimum, AIDE should be configured to run a weekly scan. At most, AIDE should be run daily. For example, to schedule a daily execution of AIDE at 04:05 a.m. using the cron command, add the following line to the /etc/crontab file:

     05 4 * * * root /usr/sbin/aide --check

7.3. Updating an AIDE database

After verifying the changes of your system such as, package updates or configuration files adjustments, updating your baseline AIDE database is recommended.



  1. Update your baseline AIDE database:

    # aide --update

    The aide --update command creates the /var/lib/aide/ database file.

  2. To start using the updated database for integrity checks, remove the .new substring from the file name.