Re: Do I need an antivirus?
The reason you dont need to worry about AV so much is that Linux does not have the market share of other operating systems and so virus developers dont spend as much time creating them for Linux machine as there are more windows users out there to infect.
Originally Posted by cfree
on top of which, the security model is different in Linux and it is harder for a virus to infect a Linux machine and would need to do so in a different way to most other platforms due to the lack of .exe files and running with escalated privelege.
There have been some Viruses for linux as seen in the links already provided but they have been patched long since and though AV software is available viruses are really not an issue in a linux environment at the moment though things change everyday
for peace of mind feel free to install ClamAV or other Av software if you so desire.
also look at apparmor for more peace of mind for your machine and app security
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