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Old 05-31-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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Added tutorial for installing antivir in Slackware, check it out


Slackwiki article here

Feel free to contribute. Questions/comments welcome.
 
Old 06-01-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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$64,000 question ...

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Originally Posted by vik View Post
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.
 
Old 06-01-2008, 12:13 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 06-01-2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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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.
 
Old 06-01-2008, 10:43 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:02 AM   #6
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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.
 
Old 06-01-2008, 11:06 AM   #7
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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

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