March 25, 2004

F-Secure gives Linux an antivirus injection

F-Secure Anti-Virus for Samba Servers runs on Linux and stops Linux, Windows, DOS and macro viruses, says the company

F-Secure launched antivirus software for Linux on Thursday that is designed to protect open-source Samba file servers and Linux by automatically
detecting and removing viruses from files stored on the server.

There are only about Linux 500 viruses in the wild, compared to the many thousands that have been written for Windows. Security experts say this
discrepancy is mainly due to the fact that Windows has such a larger user base than Linux. But as Linux becomes more popular and is used in more
mission-critical systems, security companies say Linux antivirus protection should be taken more seriously.



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