AntiVirus

Posted: 03-16-2005, 10:13 AM
Is it correct that there is little need to run AV software in a Linux box,
if not are there any GPL packages that are used and trusted ?

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Paul Wardenga
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Re: AntiVirus
Posted: 03-16-2005, 11:42 AM
Murphy wrote:
> Is it correct that there is little need to run AV software in a Linux box,
> if not are there any GPL packages that are used and trusted ?
>
Yup, that's correct. I don't think there are many viruses out there that
run un a linux box, if any at all. And for sure not the nasty ones like
lsass, infecting your (windows) box without you doing anything but being
online. (they wouldn't get through to a modern SELinux anyway, even if
they ran)
I do not know if there are GPL licensed AV programs (that might detect
files with windows worms on linux machines), but if you want to run your
linux box as a mailserver or something for windows clients you might
want to consider a scanner like the one here http://www.free-av.com/ to
clean possibly infected mail before it reaches the windows boxes (i just
guess that's the purpose of the mailgate scanner, haven't tried it, just
have the standard version of this program running on my xp partition,
does quite a good job for no money, even though it's not oss ;)
If your linuxbox is only a workstation though, i guess there's not much
need to run AV software.

greetings
paul
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J.O. Aho
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Re: AntiVirus
Posted: 03-16-2005, 12:21 PM
Murphy wrote:
> Is it correct that there is little need to run AV software in a Linux box,
> if not are there any GPL packages that are used and trusted ?
The usage of those antivirus programs that are out there for linux are mainly
for scanning mail attachements. I wouldn't run those for check my linux
install, even if they claim that they are able to do that, most of them
generates false hits (had "viruses" detected in clean text files).

If you want to check for problems, you should run tripware, chkrootkit,
rkhunter, thise won't fix if someone would have been able to install a rootkit
on your machine, but gives you a possibility to find them.


//Aho
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Mark South
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Posted: 03-16-2005, 05:30 PM
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 12:42:32 +0100, Paul Wardenga wrote:
> I do not know if there are GPL licensed AV programs
ClamAV is GPL, IIRR.
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