Antivirus for Ubuntu

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Fri May 25 03:10:13 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:
> Nonsense. There are indeed virus/trojans/bots etc., out there on a daily
> basis that will indeed infect linux. The latest proven on an Ubuntu
> supplied application is for OpenOffice.

This wasn't a virus.  It was a worm, and required user approval to run.

> There are many, many patches/fixes that go out for linux/Ubuntu on a
> daily basis. Example:

A security vulnerability is not the same as a Virus.

> IMO, as linux gains popularity I am quite certain that the linux
> community will indeed easily see more and more virus/trojan/DOS/bots in
> the wild over time.

Certainly, but there are almost no Linux viruses in the wild right now.

> That said, I'd advise against such statements as "The only purpose for
> an anti-virus in Linux at this time is to protect the windows users.
> Microsoft Windows is the issue here, not Linux"... Statements like that
> are liable to come back and bite you in the near future.

In the future yes, the near future no.
Matt Flaschen

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