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> Virus Software For Linux?, no such thing?
ctrunk514
post Aug 20 2003, 11:13 AM
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I was wondering if anybody knows of any antivirus software for Linux. I know that there are very few viruses for Linux, but with more and more people using Linux there is a possibility that more Linux viruses could start popping up. I kind of prefer to stay ahead of the game if possible.

I have some Linux servers that are very important and I do not want to take a chance if I don't have to. Also, I would not want to install any "shareware" type software on these systems, as they are very important servers. I wonder if there are any commercial software that is being made for Linux.

Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Joey
post Aug 20 2003, 11:21 AM
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I think there are a few out there but I've never used any.

Have a look at http://www.google.ca/search?q=linux+virus+...F-8&hl=en&meta=
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post Aug 20 2003, 01:39 PM
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go here F-Prot for Linux

This is the virus software i use for my linux box


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post Aug 20 2003, 01:51 PM
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What does it actually scan?
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post Aug 20 2003, 03:42 PM
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F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Workstations
For home users using the Linux open-source operating system, we offer F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Workstations. F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Workstations utilizes the renowned F-Prot Antivirus scanning engine for primary scan but has in addition to that a system of internal heuristics devised to search for unknown viruses

F-Prot Antivirus for Linux was especially developed to effectively eradicate viruses threatening workstations running Linux. It provides full protection against macro viruses and other forms of malicious software - including Trojans.


Features
F-Prot for Linux Workstations features:

Scans for over 93276 known viruses and their variants
Ability to perform scheduled scans when used with the cron utility
Scans hard drives, CD-ROMS, diskettes, network drives, directories and specific files
Scans for images of boot sector viruses, macro viruses and Trojan Horses


F-Prot Antivirus for Workstations is FREE for Home Users
F-Prot Antivirus for Linux Workstations is FREE for use by personal users on personal workstations


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post Aug 20 2003, 03:45 PM
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Sounds like a waste of a cron job to me.
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post Aug 20 2003, 03:47 PM
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why is that?


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post Aug 20 2003, 04:04 PM
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From what you pasted below it sounds like there is no real time scanning of downloads etc.

What do they expect me to do, download everything and wait for a cron job to run to check it? Manually scan each and every download? No thanks, if I haven't managed to snag anything in the many years of using linux, I'll take my chances and save the cpu cycle/cron job. smile.gif
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post Aug 20 2003, 08:52 PM
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Personally I believe that most people that write viruses are Micro$oft haters (often employing address book, outlook and office built in features). If you properly secure a Linux server it would be very unlikely to be affected my a virus, even one specifically written for Linux systems. Just make sure that you monitor the security updates for your version of Linux.

NB... Do you use iptables or ipchains? I only recently upgraded to iptables and it is considerably better for securing a firewall.
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post Aug 20 2003, 09:30 PM
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i just mainly use the anti-virus
for scanning certain areas of my
linux box...the local home directories
and the directories that are shared
via samba....
other than that i dont rarely do
a full system scan...cause i dont
run x..its all command line for me...
all i run is a webserver and mail
server....ssh and sftp...samba
so i just run the antivirus to check
my samba shares..


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