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in your opinion, what is the best antivirus available for linux, and what is the best firewall available for linux?


right now, i'm running Firestart for a firewall and i dont have any AV software.
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I use firestarter because it came along with SuSe and it has a pretty nice GUI.

I've been a bit lax with my linux security, I don't have any AV either although I should look into it.

But I guess the most important thing is why you feel you need an antivirus. Is it because you want to scan Windows files for viruses or to protect just linux.
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yea.. i haven't experienced any viral problems recently so i haven't found the need to use any AV software. esp since i've stopped using IE..and i've never had any problems in linux that required AV protection, but yea.. i think the biggest reason would be to scan Windows files to be 99.9999% sure..
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I actually use clam, I guess it works ok since I havent had any sort of viruses infect my computer yet
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I was reading an article the other day saying that viruis writers are starting to focus more on Linux than they used to, definatley time to look into AV software.
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hmm, thats definitely a valuable piece of information.
thanks
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Ya, I guess it is because a lot of us linux users are still in our "virus free" world. Panda antivirus is actually a very good activirus I used for windows back in the day, and they released a free versions for windows recently.

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Nego wrote:
and they released a free versions for windows recently.


uhm..u mean linux? haha ;)
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AnarchY SI wrote:
Nego wrote:
and they released a free versions for windows recently.


uhm..u mean linux? haha ;)


Haha! What was I thinking?
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I've got the latest 2.4 kernel and iptables, AV software: none, maybe in the future I'll need it but not now

I download source for all software (from trusted websites) and verify md5 sums for each of them, so I'm hardly going to get a virus like that
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hey, how exactly do you check the md5 sums? lol
and what exactly is iptables used for?
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IP Tables is basic packet layer firewall support for Linux. It's big-brother to IPChains which, while easier to configure did not have the robust quality of it's now older sibling. As is so often in this field, the more robust something is, the more minute the details of configuration.
Both are, in essence, packet filters, though I would claim that moniker a bit dubious in the former vs. the latter.
IMHO, neither really stand up to IPFW which is even more robust.
IPC/IPT are 'last-match', which means they process through all rules before exiting. Process intensive, and with carefully crafted rulesets, not necessary.
However, if you are looking for something rock-solid, check out the OpenBSD project's PF.
http://openbsd.org/faq/pf/

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