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Old 07-26-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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Can Linux get Virus?


i m confused about if i get virus on linux, can some one explain to me if linux can get virus and if we get virus how to clean? do we have to buy antivirus for linux?

another question is

where can i download the Redhat Enterprise version 4?

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Old 07-26-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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If people write viruses for Linux and distribute them, then you can get them. I think ClamAV is what people use for anti-virus software on Linux, AVG may also have a Linux version of their anti-virus software.

As for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you'll have to buy it from Red Hat's website. It's not legally free I don't think. Edit: however, there are free RHEL clones: CentOS and White Box Enterprise Linux. Some others are listed here.

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Old 07-26-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Nylex
If people write viruses for Linux and distribute them, then you can get them.

Thank you Nylex you always help me
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I'm using AVG (just for sure!) and it's great. i'm using the terminal to use it. you can downlaod it from their website:
Old 07-26-2006, 01:27 PM   #5
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Yes, it is possible, but all linux antivirus looking for windows viruses (scan email, windows shares)
Old 07-26-2006, 01:29 PM   #6
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I agree Yes it is possible but the problem comes into play that no two linux systems are alike. Take apache for example. You can write a viruse to attack let say the httpd.conf file but what if the user complied it and the config file is under /usr/local/apache. Windows however is pretty much the same. It uses a registry which is full of holes. So it is in turn easier to exploit windows.
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Originally Posted by Kabul
can some one explain to me if linux can get virus
Yes it can happen. Does it happen routinely to Linux systems? No ... far from it. I think you should be more concerned about setting up a good firewall and turning off unneeded services. Patch known security vulnerabilities. The chances of the typical drive-by email attachment spreading a virus to your system are quite low.
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You should't use root.
Old 07-26-2006, 06:41 PM   #9
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Yes, there are Linux viruses. Very few are in the wild, but they exist. However, if you keep your machine well-updated and secured, you are generally fine. Additionally, you could install clamav to scan for viruses. There's even an on-access kernel module for scanning called dazuko.
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I've read a lot on AVG for linux and have found it lacking. IMHO, you would be much better off with ClamAV.


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