[kwlug-disc] so ... what's your opinion on linux anti-virus software?

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 4 15:51:16 EST 2009

One thought is that although viruses may not affect your friends computer, infected files can be passed through. Although this issue affects mostly servers, maybe your friend wants to make sure there are no infected files in the system or in the media that passes through.

Here is an article asking and responding the same question. The comments have additional ideas to secure a linux system.


Here are a few antivirus


Again, you can explain that antivirus in Linux is mainly meant to be in rescue CDs to cleanup Windows computers or to clean up files "in transit" such as ftp server and mail servers.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts

----- Original Message ----
From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
To: KWLUG discussion list <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 3:26:09 PM
Subject: [kwlug-disc] so ... what's your opinion on linux anti-virus software?

  a (sort of) acquaintance is asking about my recommendations for
anti-virus software for both linux servers and workstations, and is
admitting that he's already been told that viruses aren't that big an
issue with linux and, coming from a windows world, he's finding that
hard to believe.

  i briefly recommended running a root kit hunter on a regular basis,
but i'm not sure what else to say.  klamav?  perhaps an online doc on
how to secure linux systems?

  normally, i'd be much more verbose in terms of giving advice for
linux security:

  * install as little software as possible
  * turn off all unnecessary services
  * all admins need to go thru "sudo" for accountability

i mean, the list just goes on and on, but in terms of viruses, i'm
never really sure what to say.

  thoughts?  pointers to good online papers?  thanks.


Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry:
    Have classroom, will lecture.

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