August 2nd, 2005, 01:45 AM
Kaspersky debuts Linux antivirus in the U.S.
Kaspersky Lab is expanding further into the American market with the U.S. debut of its antivirus software for Linux and Unix e-mail servers, file servers and workstations.
Moscow-based Kaspersky announced Monday that it has launched the corporate products in the United States. It has sold them in Europe for the past six years.
"Linux products are much more prevalent in Europe. But as Linux comes more and more online in the United States, there is a greater need for protection against malicious code," said Randy Drawas, a Kaspersky Lab spokesman.
Kaspersky debuts Linux antivirus in the U.S. | CNET News.com
August 2nd, 2005, 02:49 PM
Hmmmm, I have been watching this over the past few years, and it is really quite interesting.
If you actually look at these products and check what they are supposed to detect, you find that 98% (or better) just would not run in a *nix environment. It is all Windows stuff.
The idea is to close any gaps in a mixed Windows/*nix environment, so Windows malware does not get passed on to Windows boxes.
It certainly makes some sense to me. Although I would question implementation at the workstation level if I had it at the mailserver and fileserver levels.
August 2nd, 2005, 03:50 PM
I don't know anything about Kasperski's products, but my take was this was server based only?
Am I wrong? What about Clam AV? I've got to admit ignorance to most AV on *Nix solutions out there.
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August 2nd, 2005, 05:06 PM
your right zencoder this is for mail servers as is the avg av for linux. clamav does not offer real time protection but it appears that for now (today only... and we really cant be sure about today) it's not really necessary.
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August 2nd, 2005, 05:14 PM
This is from Kaspersky:
So it is also a desktop client system as well.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus version 5.5 is designed to protect e-mail servers, file servers and workstations running on Linux, Free BSD and Open BSD operating systems, the security company said. The upgraded version features real-time scanning technology called Kavmonitor that aims to identify and quarantine suspicious objects.
I have one running on my Linspire desktop...........not sure which, but as I do not connect it to any Windows boxes, that is pretty moot.
August 2nd, 2005, 10:09 PM
Putting the package on a mail server would protect from mail-borne vectors, the workstation installation would protect from sneakernet infestations.
BTW, I'm still seeing floppy/Zip/CD infestations of AntiEXE, AntiCMOS and others--some even coming from Mac-formatted media.