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Re: Anti Virus for Debian

On Tue, Feb 20, 2001 at 04:41:02PM +1300, Matthew Sherborne wrote:
> Are there any gpl or similar anti-virus programs for linux ?
When you say anti-virus, could you specify what you are looking for? If you
are looking to protect Linux boxes from virii, your most prudent approach
is good system administration. Don't run unknown applications as root;
do audit code as much as possible; do close unnecessary ports and disable
unnecessary services and so forth.

Virus attacks are all but unheard of in Linux/Unix, at least from the
traditional Windows virus sense. Unix is suceptible to worms, but a
properly maintained *nix system is nearly impervious to virus attacks
(and fairly more resistant to worm attacks).

> Any reccomendations ?

Now, on the other hand, if you are looking to use a Linux box to protect
your Windows boxen (e.g. mail scanning), you should check freshmeat, as
they have five offerings. In addition, procmail and filter out .vbs
attachments should eliminate the lion's share of the current crop of virii.

Bradley M. Alexander, CISSP              |   Co-Chairman,
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