Ubunto 8.10 and AVG 7.5.51
bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Fri Mar 20 13:51:12 UTC 2009
Dirk Freitag wrote:
> That's really interesting. So what would be the best Linux AV?
Depends on what you're going to do.
AV is largely a PITA in my opinion...it takes up CPU cycles and disk use
and still there's a lag between malware being released and you getting a
signature, if it even detects the issue in a reasonable amount of time.
It's like having body armor that just swings around your body, shielding
some percentage of you at any given time. And you can't overlap AV's
because they can interfere with each other.
If you're running a mail server, ClamAV would be best bet, although I
prefer just blocking executable attachments, period. If I could I'd
sanitize everything to text too, stripping out the dancing mini-pics and
I've never heard of someone, a home linux user, accidentally sending
Windows viruses to Windows users. Is it possible? Sure...if you're doing
file sharing and/or forwarding executables to people. But I've not seen
it happen personally. Or if you're playing with WINE and run a Windows
malware executable I suppose it's also possible.
If you want automated on-access-scanning (which ClamAV doesn't really
do, it's on-demand without some hacking around) use f-prot or AVG. I've
used AVG for home systems. But it's not a cure-all. No AV is. Paranoid
application of best practices is the closest you'll come to a cure...
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