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Old 09-20-2005, 01:36 AM   #1
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Linux and Anti-Virus Software

I know that there are fewer than 50 viruses for linux in existence, including the majority of them being kept in labs for testing purposes but I was wondering. Is there any chance that a virus in a .exe or .com file could be potentially dangerous to Linux? I used wine and installed Stinger 2.4.7 to the virtual C drive so that I could scan any of those files I download just for safety precautions. Is this a good idea or is it just unnecessary given the fact that Windows viruses can't hurt a Linux system?
Old 09-20-2005, 01:39 AM   #2
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As far as i know, Windows viruses can only infact Windows systems (hence the name).
So it can infect your Wine install (windows install) a bit here and there.. nothing more.
Old 09-20-2005, 01:41 AM   #3
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That makes sense, there is a virtual c drive that wine creates to install and use Windows apps, it even has all the normal directories, so it would make sense that any windows viruses would head to that location. Thanks.
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And I think you shoul consider that these could be propegated by unsuspecting users. Since Windows virals would not wreck havoc on a Linux box most of the time you would not notice it. But by any chance if it gets into your network and makes it to a Windows box, know what.

So it is advisable to use an Anti Virus software, especially if you have a mixed network environment. Open source ClamAV is a good one for free. It has a good set of 3rd party tools, too. The worshiped rules of digital security tell us to be paranoid. Its up to you to decide.

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