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Old 07-11-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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Question are you running an anti-virus on Linux ?


why ?
 
Old 07-11-2011, 05:22 AM   #2
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I don't see the need. My Linux systems have a secure setup. If I download software for one of my friends using Windows I also don't scan the software. Why should I? They have antivirus software on their systems.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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Not currently, but sometimes, rarely I might ... if I had a reason to.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 07:55 AM   #4
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No. No need besides i don't think that there is some Linux AV worthy enough free for home use anyway out there atm to waste PC resources 24/7.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #5
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Are you running antivirus on linux

Yes.

Because I am not stupid and I have been playing with these toys since 1969: long enough to have learned my lesson. I do backups for the same reason.

If you have NOT taken precautions, I urge you to take precautions BEFORE you get bit: it hurts less.

I have learned that there is always a new attack vector, delivering a new payload, and everything fails or is overcome if you wait long enough.

Assume that there are 8.2 Billion people in the world that are really very nice, and only two who want to take down your machine and would kill you if they could. You have done nothing to them, you may not know them, they may not know you, they have no reason, it is just what they are. Treat people as if they were all nice, but protect yourself from the two bad ones.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 01:30 PM   #6
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Yes, because corporate and federal regulations require it.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by wpeckham View Post
{...}Because I am not stupid and I have been playing with these toys since 1969: long enough to have learned my lesson.{...}I have learned that there is always a new attack vector, delivering a new payload, and everything fails or is overcome if you wait long enough.{...}
You do realise you are saying that purpose for AntiVirus is to negate attacks? It's purpose is to protect from crapware. This is not talk about Internet Security or similar package and btw age is not argument and topic is about Linux..

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
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Instead I would recommend rkhunter and chkrootkit, which are more likely to be present on a Linux system.
 
Old 07-11-2011, 02:00 PM   #9
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Yes,

I use anti virus software because:

a) I have had some attacks, when still using the "other one" however, but nonetheless...
b) because I dont trust everything on the Net
c) I run several servers. That means that I have to take that responsability. If I "just do nothing because I dont get hit anyway" I effectively pass the threat on. Antivirus is not (just) the case of running software but also (and perhaps foremost) public awareness...
d) and...because whenever I finished (yet an other) negative scan (nothing found) I get a better night's sleep...yawn...

Anyone remember the "I love you virus" - I do, I was in the middle of a job interview (did'nt get the job ) when the mail server of that company died...I had a look at the source code (much later)...now you know why I love Linux

Of course, the defence package has expanded somewhat beyond the simple virus killer, as H_TeXMeX_H noted...
The landscape demands updated thinking.

Thor

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Because I am not stupid and I have been playing with these toys since 1969
I salute you! Dont let the kids get on to your nerves...what's the saying here? Wisdom comes with age...
I've only been in the game sine the early 8-ties (ZX81/C64) - you however have see real computing I'm jealous!!!!!!! I was 3 years old when you started...

@ arcane
hey, dude...chill out, will ya? Come on...

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Old 07-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #10
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Instead I would recommend rkhunter
Another vote for AV and rkhunter here.
Found malicious e-mails in the past that I'd rather not pass on.

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Old 07-11-2011, 04:04 PM   #11
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When a virus that affects linux is actually found in the wild I'll get anti-virus until then, why would I bother?
 
Old 07-11-2011, 04:12 PM   #12
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When a virus that affects linux is actually found in the wild I'll get anti-virus until then, why would I bother?
You're behind the curve, so I guess it's time to get started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware
 
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:00 PM   #13
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Yes, for the same reason I wear a seatbelt. I don't expect to get hit by another driver, but you never know . . . .
 
Old 07-11-2011, 09:15 PM   #14
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Has anyone here ever had a virus on Linux?
 
Old 07-11-2011, 11:14 PM   #15
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Nope. I do have rkhunter and chkrootkit installed neither has ever found anything.

I do use NoScript and AdblockPlus in Firefox to block the annoying crap on the web.

Nixory - Antispyware tool for Firefox, IE, Chrome - http://nixory.sourceforge.net/
BASTILLE-LINUX - http://bastille-linux.sourceforge.net/

I also follow the advice in Securing Debian Manual - http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/se...-debian-howto/
 
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