From: McGahon, Dermot (Dermot.McGahon at domain avocent.com)
Date: Wed 25 Sep 2002 - 11:05:03 IST
>Heck, why not just install the anti-virus software? If it
>makes 'em feel warm and cuddly, don't sweat it.
Corporate MIS departments not understanding the linux environment is nothing
new. Corporate MIS departments mandating anti-virus software and lock-down
policies is nothing new either.
But, are any of these products any good?
Is the fact that we had to dig around a fair bit just to find linux
anti-virus software not indicative of the fact that it is, to a large
extent, a solution to a non-problem? Why is their a EUR500 difference
between personal and server editions or Kaspersky? Fair enought, it's not my
money, so again you'll suggest not sweating the small stuff, but I do. I do.
Why do I get a sinking feeling that the major anti-virus companies don't
want to be in this market space because it just isn't much of a market
I appreciate your suggestion of following the path of least resistance but
just installing the anti-virus software isn't going to solve all security
threats, is it? Does that just lull you into a false sense of security.
I was never one for borg like, unthinking, herd following. You know that. If
the software is a waste of time, I don't want to install it.
Anybody with experience of these products, positive or negative, who would
care to share their experiences?
Would either of these two products (Kaspersky & Sophos) have followed the
cleanup procedure described in the link from Justins email, and would either
of these two products have downloaded patches and patched apache? You know
it's a waste of time trying to glean such information from their websites.
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