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Old 03-10-2003, 09:56 PM   #1
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antivirus for linux

Dear all,

i just wondering whether do i need to install antivirus for my rh8? are there any free antivirus software for rh8? pls recommend some, okie?

Old 03-10-2003, 10:03 PM   #2
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Check out something called f-prot antivirus.
Old 03-10-2003, 10:07 PM   #3
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This is personal opinion here, but I don't think you need one.

This is why:
Just about every file on your system is owned by root.
As you use your system day-to-day, login as a regular user (not root)
As long as root is the only account that can write to system files, it's virtually impossible to get a virus.
The reason is because any application you run inherits your permissions. That means if you're logged in as "yennon" on your system, any application you run (including any unknown viruses) will not be able to write to the system files. Simply because user "yennon" should not have write access to root's files. The worst that could happen would be personal programs getting infected. Gnome, system tools, and all that should remain clean.

Make sense? If you'd still like one, you can search for one on
Old 03-10-2003, 10:14 PM   #4
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With Linux you keep your system current with security updates, shut down unneeded services and get you firewall set up correctly. (Firestarter is simple to use).
The main reason to have an antivirus on Linux is to check files you may send to or use in Windows.
I have recently installed f-prot that Crashed_Again mentions for that reason.
There is also a program called "ckrootkit" (do I have the name right?) that claims to be useful in detecting trojans on your Linux system.
Did I forget to mention not to run as root?
Good Luck.

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Old 03-11-2003, 01:23 AM   #5
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I don't worry about it, because I don't run as root, but you could check these out (if they say [prop], they are proprietary, and you will have to pay):

1) Dr. Web for Linux. [Prop]
2) Trend ServerProtect for Linux. [Prop]
3) RAV Antivirus. [Prop]
4) OpenAntivirus + AMaViS / VirusHammer.
5) F-Prot. [Prop]
6) Sophie / Trophie.
7) Kaspersky for Linux. [Prop]

Do a google search to find them.

Old 03-11-2003, 01:32 AM   #6
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part of the situation is that most viruses are aimed at microsoft products Outlook Express and Internet Explorer
tee hee

so if you's running linux you are far less likely to be targeted
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Right, just to clarify, you don't need a virus checker for Linux basically. I don't know anybody who uses one. Some companies sell them, but they are normally meant to filter out windows viruses on mail servers etc


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