Malware and Antivirus Systems for Linux

Discussion in 'Linux Security' started by DevynCJohnson, Aug 19, 2013.

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Have you ever had or suspected malware to be on your Linux system?

  1. Yes, I had malware.

    12.5%
  2. I suspected malware, but I never proved it.

    12.5%
  3. Never

    75.0%
  1. Mitt Green

    Mitt Green Member

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    Don't forget to log into root with "sudo" before the command.

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  2. Dwain Peevey

    Dwain Peevey New Member

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    re-entered command and got following:
    sudo apt-get install clamd
    [sudo] password for dwain:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package clamd
    Suggestions???
  3. Dwain Peevey

    Dwain Peevey New Member

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    Devyn, Mitt: did following--
    sudo apt-get install clamav-daemon clamav-freshclam clamav-unofficial-sigs
    sudo freshclam
    sudo service clamav-daemon start
    Up and running now. Thanks for your help, guys!!
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  4. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    UPDATE:

    Okay, thanks to @Dwain Peevey and @Mitt Green , here are better installation instructions for a complete ClamAV security system.

    apt-get install clamav-daemon clamav-freshclam clamav-unofficial-sigs
    freshclam
    service clamav-daemon start

    You could also install "clamtk" to get a GUI for ClamAV.
  5. Alain J. Baudrez

    Alain J. Baudrez New Member

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    DevinCJohnson,

    I like your posting. It is well done.
    There is just one type of threat you don't stress enough: the user.

    All the rest comes second.

    It is the user who
    • doesn't update his system
    • visits obscure websites
    • clicks on everything that blinks
    • doesn't understand the sometimes cryptic waning messages
    • doesn't speak the language the warning message is written in
    • doesn't realize the risks and the aftermath of an infection
    • doesn't care if his system is compromized
    • doesn't want to install security software
    • never been infected before, thinks the risks are made up and are only commercial talk to sell their so-called best anti-virus tools
    • ...
    The word PICNIC comes to mind regarding security: Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

    For as long as humans are involved, we will have problems and even the best anti-this and anti-that will not help.

    Luckily those PICNIC's are a minority.
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  6. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Wow, I really like your post. That is a very interesting and true concept. I have never heard of "PICNIC" before. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Noidly1

    Noidly1 New Member

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    Hello. I'm a new Linux user here and have Debian (wheezy) installed.
    I have been trying to find ClamAV using Apper and am confused by all the different filenames that show up when I searched on Apper for ClamAV.

    I know to look for ClamAV and ClamTK, and an app that makes it run in the background, which by just those names don't show up without other letters or words in the filename. Which ones do I need?

    Also, I went to the ClamAV website and found out that it must be built using text line commands (er; programming skills that I don't have). LOL
    I don't have the time or know how to do all of that and just want to install it like you would with Apper.

    Thanks in advance,
    Noidly1
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  8. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I am not familiar with Apper, so I cannot provide specific instructions. However, I can give you an alternative way of getting ClamAV + ClamTK.

    ClamAV - http://www.clamav.net
    ClamTK - http://sourceforge.net/projects/clamtk/

    http://www.clamav.net/download.html#otherversions

    I hope this helps.
  9. souvik

    souvik New Member

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    Antivirus programming isn't completely futile on Linux. On the off chance that you are running a Linux-based record server or mail server, you will most likely need to utilize antivirus programming. In the event that you don't, contaminated Windows machines may transfer tainted documents to your Linux machine, permitting it to contaminate different Windows frameworks.
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  10. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    That is true. Thanks for the suggestion.

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