I have noticed an item on my computer in the services column ‘rtkit-dae’, what is this? Is it part of the system (Linus Mint 15), or is it a rootkit virus? I am no longer able to update the machine in the normal manner.

It’s the Realtime Policy and Watchdog Daemon … and the name is being cut off (rtkit-daemon)

If you have the rtkit package installed, this SHOULD be running :wink:

It should be being run from /usr/lib/rtkit/rtkit-daemon

you can check this with

ps aux | grep [r]tkit-daemon

(run in a terminal)

It’s NOT a rootkit virus :slight_smile:

See here:

AAnd here’s what the package manager says:-

Realtime Policy and Watchdog Daemon

RealtimeKit is a D-Bus system service that changes the scheduling policy of user processes/threads to SCHED_RR (i.e. realtime scheduling mode) on request. It is intended to be used as a secure mechanism to allow real-time scheduling to be used by normal user processes.

Hmm… I thought that the whole point of the rootkit is to be invisible to the OS, therefore to the user too :slight_smile:

I did wonder why an author would call it rtkit-* … which would be a bot of a give away, but maybe the OP thought the system monitor had appended that when it “discovered” a eootkit.

I have to admit it raised my eyebrow’s the first time I spotted it.

OK I made an A** of myself but better to be sure - thanks for putting me right.

No you didn’t … and you’re right, better safe than sorry.

I had to google it the first time I saw it … to tell the truth, I’d forgot exactly what it was and had to look it up again, I knew it was safe, but couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was :-[