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Offline LittleLizard

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Which Antivirus are...
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:07:10 pm »
So, I was just thinking. Apart from ClamAV and Comodo, which other free, current, decent antivirus are available for linux??

PD: Im asking because a Google search yielded only those, Sophos and EOL BitDefender.

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Re: Which Antivirus are...
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 07:32:17 pm »
I highly encourage using search, the bar is in the upper-right. There are over 30 topics on why you should probably(unless you plan to install Wine, or setup an email server) NOT be using an antivirus on Linux to be found there, together with a discussion of all market options.

Trying to reply nonetheless - ClamAV is the classic(ie. signature based, able to detect previously discovered viruses) antivirus. The consensus of security experts is that you should not be using an antivirus on Linux, because there aren't any classical viruses for Linux. Unsurprisingly, this means that there aren't many options for such a program.

That said, there are three things you can do to protect yourself:
1. Turn on the firewall for incoming connections. It can be found in "Peppermint Settings Panel" in the "Network" tab or by searching the Whisker menu
2. Use Firejail to sandbox your applications to only use certain directories
3. Or you can use App Armour to filter system calls an application is allowed to perform
« Last Edit: May 09, 2017, 07:38:22 pm by Pikolo »

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Re: Which Antivirus are...
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 07:54:02 pm »
Why do you want to run an antivirus program for Linux?  Are you going to be using Peppermint as a mail server?  If you're only using Peppermint as a personal computer, an antivirus program is totally unnecessary.  Linux is written in a way that makes it as near to impossible as it gets to become infected with a computer virus.

Antivirus programs on Linux based operating systems, can potentially increase your vulnerability to viral attacks.  Sticking to the UNIX permissions is far more effective than any antivirus program.  For more information, check this link out: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/security  ;).
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Re: Which Antivirus are...
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 08:58:56 pm »
I'm with both of the above .. unless you're running a mail server (or similar) that services Windows PC's where you might want to scan mail/files for Windows viruses before delivery, AV on Linux is superfluous at best and at worst a security risk itself.

For on access scanning to work, the AV software typically must run with elevated privileges making it an attack surface in its own right.

Read this
http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/
« Last Edit: May 09, 2017, 09:18:15 pm by PCNetSpec »
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Re: Which Antivirus are...
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 09:18:46 pm »
Ok, I hadn't thought about it that way. Oh, Clam gonna get kicked then. Thx everyone