View Full Version : Should I use an anti-virus program in Linux Mandrake
08-27-2001, 11:30 AM
I have linux mandrake 7.2 installed and I was wondering if I should install a anti-virus program and where I could get one.
I have Linux-Mandrake 7 and 8 and have never used one for either.
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08-27-2001, 02:52 PM
In general you're pretyy safe from any virus's; since they are programs written specifically for windows based systems. However don't get complacent! As linux get's more popular, Viral heads will soon turn their attention to Linux! I'm not aware of any viruses that afffect linux just yet-but you might want to do a search, not just for an anti-virus utility, but also for any info on possible viral issues with Linux.
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08-27-2001, 11:39 PM
One has already been written, but I can't find the post I thought was in PC World about it. It infects Windows AND Linux systems. As far as I know, it's the only one, but it indicates someone has already started looking into Linux.
OK, correction, maybe more are out there. A search of the Symantec site turns up 65 hits (http://search.symantec.com/custom/us/query.html). IF the link doesn't work, try the Symantec AV (http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/vinfodb.html) site and type Linux into the search bar.
I'd say get an antivirus...
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08-30-2001, 09:04 PM
For linux (or any 'nix system), I'd be more concerned with worms and network exploits than with viruses. In any system that maintains permissions, a virus's effect would be very limited unless it were run as root. If a user ran, say, a trojan masquerading as a jpeg, it could at most affect that user's files. This is one reason why viruses have been so much more popular for PCs than for flavors of Unix. This page from Symantex (http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/3d2a1f71c5a003348525680f006426be/2362ced0c091da9088256a220026acc6?OpenDocument) says there are about 68 known viruses for linux. That is almost nothing! There are probably many times that many viruses for PCs written every day. On my Windows system, NAV tells me it is protecting me from 52906 viruses.
Perhaps as linux becomes more widely used on home computers, with consequent over-use of the root account, people will start writing more viruses for it. Personally, I don't worry about it. Just keepin' sendmail patched....
09-11-2001, 04:34 PM
I wouldn't worry about virus if I were you. Most people don't have linux viruses let alone spreed them to you. But if you feel you want to, there's nothing wrong with being safe.
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