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Old 06-30-2002, 06:11 AM   #1
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Hi, everyone

As we all know Anti-Virus software is a must with Windows, but is it necessary for Linux?
What is the Virus situation with Linux, are there viruses circulating that affect it?
Also, I set the Firewall to medium during the Linux install. Is this sufficient?
Any recommendations.

Old 06-30-2002, 09:08 AM   #2
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This question has probably been asked many times before as well, but here we go:
There aren't many Viruses, make it easy, there aren't any serious ones. Think this way: what damage can a Virus do if you aren't logged in as root? It could only delete temp. files or personal files, but the system cannot be touched.
As for the firewall - i don't know what firewall you're using...neither do I know many.
Hope this helps
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kinda depends what on earth "medium" means. it'll just be defined by whatever little iptables tool redhat included, and is not standard or anything. all firewall programs just act as a front end to iptables or ipchains. persoanlly i use firestarter, others just write it manually (i.e. the proper way)
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this is highly recommended

keep bad people out!
Old 07-01-2002, 10:16 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone
I'll give firestarter a go as I'm a long way off being able to write it manually.


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