Antivirus for Ubuntu

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Fri May 25 08:31:09 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-05-24 at 20:00 -0700, NoOp wrote:
> Nonsense. 

Stop it. This discussion happened several times already, and I won't
drag out all the links yet again that prove that this is NOT nonsense.
Read the archive

> There are indeed virus/trojans/bots etc., out there on a daily
> basis that will indeed infect linux.

No there aren't

>  The latest proven on an Ubuntu
> supplied application is for OpenOffice.

No. This was a proof-of-concept worm (not virus) that is not in the
wild. It is also pretty contrived, from one of your links:
"SB/BadBunny-A spreads by dropping malicious script files that affect
the behavior of the popular IRC programs mIRC and X-Chat, causing them
send SB/BadBunny-A to other users. These malicious script files are
named (for XChat) and script.ini (for mIRC, overwriting the
existing mIRC file) and are also detected as SB/BadBunny-A."

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

Hole != exploit != 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. 

Possibly. This is not a reason to run stuff like that now, when there
are none (except on servers to protect Windows users)

> 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"...

It's true

>  Statements like that
> are liable to come back and bite you in the near future.

In the future, maybe. In the NEAR future, I doubt it

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