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vik 05-31-2008 11:28 PM

Added tutorial for installing antivir in Slackware, check it out
 
Slackwiki article here

Feel free to contribute. Questions/comments welcome.

Bruce Hill 06-01-2008 12:07 AM

$64,000 question ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vik (Post 3170817)
Slackwiki article here

Feel free to contribute. Questions/comments welcome.

When and how did Slackware become vulnerable to virii?

Since 2003 when I first ran Slackware, my email account has
received hundreds of infected messages; none of which has done
one iota of harm to my OS.

Furthermore, I have looked at many of these without incident.

vik 06-01-2008 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bruce Hill (Post 3170841)
When and how did Slackware become vulnerable to virii?

Since 2003 when I first ran Slackware, my email account has
received hundreds of infected messages; none of which has done
one iota of harm to my OS.

Furthermore, I have looked at many of these without incident.

Please read the introduction. Yes, I know that there aren't many linux viruses out there. No, that doesn't mean I can't get one. Nor does that mean I couldn't get one from a windows emulator, or that I can't pass a virus onto a windows machine by accident.

I was kind of hoping someone would expand on the article, with info on installing other antivirus programs, or their experience with them.

onebuck 06-01-2008 08:05 AM

Hi,

If you have your M$ products setup with protection then why add the load to you local Linux box? Passing a virus via a Linux box is possible but not probable. I would worry more about a 'rootkit' on my Linux boxen.

hitest 06-01-2008 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onebuck (Post 3171075)
I would worry more about a 'rootkit' on my Linux boxen.

Agreed. I scan my Slackware boxes on a regular basis for rootkits using rkhunter and chkrootkit. Both of these utilities are available at:

http://www.slackbuilds.org/

Viruses are I suppose a theoretical threat for Linux. I've been using Linux for 6 years and have never had a virus damage my system.

mcnalu 06-01-2008 11:02 AM

A virus checker that runs on linux might be prudent if you're running a file server that windows machines are using.

Also, apologies for being pedantic, but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural_of_virus.

hitest 06-01-2008 11:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcnalu (Post 3171182)
A virus checker that runs on linux might be prudent if you're running a file server that windows machines are using.

I think in that case it would make more sense to battle-harden the windows boxes with security patches, virus updates, and malware scanners than to slow down a Linux file server with a virus utility.
Just my :twocents:


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