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    Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    I know, people say there aren't any viruses for linux in the wild, but i want to make sure my system is secure. Are there any antivirus programs for linux that scan for linux viruses? i hear AVG Avast, and others only scan for windows viruses. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Have you tried ClamAV? I'm not an expert at this since I do not use an AV on Linux, BUT ClamAV is one of the more popular and open source ones available for Linux. Also see here for more AV software for Linux - http://www.codefear.com/linux/5-best...are-for-linux/

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dugachug View Post
    ...i want to make sure my system is secure....
    I commend you.
    Just remember Security is a process, not a goal.
    Check rkhunter in a repo near you, (or should be).

    and a good read is http://serverfault.com/questions/146...plete-beginner

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    You should look into f-prot. It will scan for all viruses, adware, even those it can't ID. There is a free for home use linux version available on their website.

    And I second what Habitual pointed out. Root kits are more of a problem than viruses on linux. Currently there are no known viruses in the wild that are a problem for linux. That's not to say that there are no linux viruses, there have been some reported in the past.
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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    They all scan for Linux viruses, but since none of the viruses work on a modern Linux distro anyway its a bit pointless.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    "Scanning" for viruses is the wrong way to do security, if a virus can exploit a vulnerability, then the vulnerability should be fixed, not patched by some external program. If you have a hole in the wall of your house, you will fix the hole, not hire a guard to stand there and keep out people that are on the police's list of known criminals.

    There is no program to look for Linux viruses, you can have viruses only on a system that is too slow to react to vulnerabilities. Windows and MacOSX are "closed" systems and you have to wait on MS or Apple to react, Linux is "open" so the community can fix the problem at the source rather than release a temporary fixes.

    AV software under Windows provided some extra functionality, which under Linux is handled by SELinux or AppArmor (AppArmor is installed by default on Ubuntu).

    The default install of Ubuntu is as secure as it gets, just keep your system updated. The biggest vulnerability of your system is you, if you want to improve your security, read up and be careful of your actions.

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrane View Post
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    That's not to say that there are no Linux viruses, there have been some reported in the past.
    Really?, like to cite some - ANY - of them?

    I have been in these forums since 4.10 was released and have not seen one credible report of a Linux "virus", just pure FUD from people who seem to dig up ancient myths.
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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcstar View Post
    Really?, like to cite some - ANY - of them?

    I have been in these forums since 4.10 was released and have not seen one credible report of a Linux "virus", just pure FUD from people who seem to dig up ancient myths.


    Remember this one? It was related to a screensaver.

    http://lwn.net/Articles/367874/

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkratz View Post
    Remember this one? It was related to a screensaver.

    http://lwn.net/Articles/367874/
    That's not a virus.

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    Re: Antivirus that actually scans for LINUX viruses.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkratz View Post
    Remember this one? It was related to a screensaver.

    http://lwn.net/Articles/367874/
    Not a virus. It's a Trojan horse, and any old idiot can write one.

    It also poses no threat to anyone anymore as it used to download the payload from a site that no longer exists.

    I haven't come across any honest-to-goodness Linux viruses. Apparently there was one in 2007 but nobody would be able to catch it these days. I only heard about it recently.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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