December 21, 2004

Bitdefender Pushes Security To Linux Mail Servers

PRESS RELEASE -- "BitDefender is rolling out 3 mail filtering products for Linux platforms: BitDefender for qmail, BitDefender for CommuniGate Pro and BitDefender for Courier.

The 1.6.1 version brings a host of new features to an already long list of improvements to the updating process, already the best in the industry (see table, reproduced by courtesy of mr. Andreas Marx, thanks in part to the revolutionary "Update Pushing" technology. This is a subscription service, by which installed BitDefender products can be ordered to download updates the minute they become available, instead of updating on a pre-set schedule. This service has been shown to reduce the "window of vulnerability" in case of new virus epidemics.

The new packages include an upgrade function to ensure that previous installations are preserved and the old settings are properly imported. Upgrade from versions 1.5.6 and 1.6.0 is supported.

"One of the major changes is a new patch management tool we affectionately call BitDefender Swiss Army kniFE (bdsafe). It's capable of patching any and all installed BitDefender components, whereas before this had to be done manually, by the system administrator. In true Linux tradition, we have kept the manual patching option as a default, but administrators can now just set BitDefender to patch itself automatically, whenever a patch is made available. This, we hope, will leave them with more time available for other productive activities, such as office golf." declared Mircea Mitu, BitDefender Business Line Manager.

The antispam filters can now be automatically updated over the internet in the same manner as the virus signatures and scanning engines. 3 antispam technologies are provided: an improved heuristic filter, WhiteList/BlackList, URL Filter. Additional filters, such as an Image Filter, will be added as part of the regular update process, at no extra cost to customers.

BitDefender Linux Mail Servers 1.6.1 has the ability to run in a Virtual Server environment (Linux VServer), thus enabling multiple instances of BitDefender to run on a single machine.

The BitDefender for Linux Mail Servers 1.6.1 mail security solutions are available in formats fitting all major Linux distributions and are certified "RedHat Ready" applications.

All these new antivirus and antispam mail filtering products from BitDefender are available now on the BitDefender website ( for a full 30 days evaluation."


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