From: Liam Bedford (lbedford at domain lbedford.org)
Date: Wed 25 Sep 2002 - 11:20:02 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
Sophos AV and Kaspersky AV are just AV engines that run on linux. They
are mainly used for scanning mail etc, to remove Windows virii. But you
can run them against any files on a linux box, and if there's a signature
for a linux virus, they will find it. What these products tend to lack
is the UI the windows version has, and the automagic scanning of all
the files on the system (that's what crontab is for).
They won't fix the virus, if they see something like slapper, because unlike
a Word virus etc, it's not just a macro to remove. They would however
tell you it is there. If you're running a samba file server on it, running
an AV product would be a good idea anyway, so people can't upload virii
to your filesystem, and then you get in trouble for sharing them.
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