On-access AV scanning
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Fri Jul 27 12:38:25 UTC 2012
On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 07:15:29PM +0700, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:47:29 +0100
> Daniel Bye <freebsd-questions at slightlystrange.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 07:19:45AM -0400, Daniel Feenberg wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012, Daniel Bye wrote:
> > >
> > > >On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:51:04PM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> > > >>>Are there any current options available to support on-access
> > > >>>antivirus scanning on FreeBSD?
> why should it be available when it is not needed?
Because the IT policy (currently) requires it. I don't agree with that
policy, but there you are - I don't have the authority to simply ignore it.
> > > >>>
> > > >>FreeBSD doesn't need this as there are no viruses on that system.
> Ok, this is a bad reasoning.
> > > >
> > Thanks, Daniel. I have looked at Kaspersky, and various others, but
> > the main sticking point, as I see it, is that there is no on-access
> > scanning capability in any of the AV packages available for FreeBSD.
> You will not find them. The scanners running on FreeBSD are looking for
> Windows pests.
Yes, I know. But we have petabytes of file systems shared over SMB/CIFS, so
if a Windows machine inroduces something to the network, it strikes me as
reasonable that if my (still putative) FreeBSD system finds it before
another Windows system, I have potentially prevented a much wider problem.
> > It's not essential to build my case, but it would certainly
> > strengthen it. I use ClamAV on my home mail server, and it works
> > well. I have also tested it out on a desktop machine to run
> > on-demand scans, and it works just fine, and doesn't impose so much
> > of a load as to be a nuisance.
> Does it scan for FreeBSD viruses? I would wonder.
I wouldn't waste your time wondering, if I were you. Of course they *all*
look for malware that infests Windows machines. But, that nontwithstanding,
I have to adhere to the policy, whether I like it or not.
> > We have had a couple of virus outbreaks recently, so this is quite a
> > high profile concern around here at the moment. The CIO is from a
> > technical background, so I might well be able to convince him of
> > FreeBSD's strengths as a very secure system, but I will still need to
> > accede to the IT policy, sadly - no way around it.
> You will have to give it a miss then.
> The security concepts of FreeBSD are 100% different. They will never
> match this kind of policy.
Yes, and I am hoping that that fact is enough to persuade him that the
current policy (which he inherited, by the way, he didn't have a hand it its
establishment) is no longer applicable in an increasingly mixed environment
(Polytropon brought up the obvious matter of smartphones and tablets and
Thanks for your thoughts.
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