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Old 09-16-2003, 05:46 AM   #1
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Anti virus


Anyone know of any good free anti-virus software? Thanks.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 06:23 AM   #2
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I use f-prot. It's free for home use, have to pay for commercial. You can get it here:
http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_...d_fplinux.html

It does require a perl package. It's called perl IO stringy. It should be on one of the CD's. At least it is for Mandrake 9.1.

It works great. I have had people to send them to me just to test it. It finds everyone of them. It also has a update feature. Very easy.

Hope this helps. There are some more programs but this is free and it works.

 
Old 09-16-2003, 07:36 AM   #3
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Re: Anti virus

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Anyone know of any good free anti-virus software? Thanks.
I'm sorry for asking: why would you like to have an anti-virus kit for Linux? Unless you want to scan your network shares / e-mail for Windows- virusses... They can't harm your linux environment.

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Old 09-16-2003, 07:39 AM   #4
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small reason

Stop the spread of viruses. linux is pretty imune to viruses but it can pass them on to windoze users. Love thy neighbor.

I don't use windoze. I still run it though.

 
Old 09-16-2003, 09:51 AM   #5
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It seems to be a common misconception that Linux is imune to viruses.
They can still do damage to your home directory and when you logon as a super User, the virus can take advantage of the time your logged in as root.

If you think about it, all the virus software would have to do is activate a keylogger when you use the 'su' command retreve your root password.


Thats just my oppinion.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:45 AM   #6
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It seems to be a common misconception that Linux is imune to viruses.
I agree that you Linux could be affected by viruses aswell... (it has been tested) If linux becomes mainstream, we could expect more troubles like viruses.

However, due the architecture of Linux, diversity, and modularity of applications, I don't expect to get an Outlook Express like scenario soon. (where your mail agent executes files, using the web-browser view, an <iframe src="some-attachment"> leak, the bad mime-types/extensions handling of your file-manager, and communicating with Active X components ) At least, you're free to use another mail-agent

From my point of view, everyone works as Administrator on a Window's machine.

* I would like to add, that *nix is the mostly used operating system on the internet, not Windows!

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They can still do damage to your home directory
If that's the only thing... This sounds like quite a relief to me and make backups ...but how could a non-root process alter system binaries? (unless it uses a root-exploit)

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If you think about it, all the virus software would have to do is activate a keylogger when you use the 'su' command retreve your root password.
If you're really worried about key-loggers, you might want to try "sudo su", with your own password Crackers and some script-kiddies could however, do you far more harm.

..and when I think about all these security issues, would linux-root would have more power then a windows-administrator? (ie tools to use, and 'ps' to re-compile)
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:46 AM   #7
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Re: small reason

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Stop the spread of viruses. linux is pretty imune to viruses but it can pass them on to windoze users. Love thy neighbor.

I don't use windoze. I still run it though.

lol.. and you're absolutely right. scanning your mailserver or samba shares isn't such a bad idea
 
Old 09-16-2003, 10:58 AM   #8
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The *real* problem when talking about viruses is changing one's point of view. Most Linx users tend to forget ppl crossing over from any POS (Pitiful Operating System) talk about viruses because they just don't know anything else. Please help educate them by telling them Linux has it's own bag of goodies like buffer and stack overflows, worms, trojans, rootkits and modules. For more info please search LQ for any past virus thread or read the Linux - Security forum's "FAQ: Security references" thread.
 
  


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