On-access AV scanning

Erich Dollansky erichfreebsdlist at ovitrap.com
Fri Jul 27 12:59:10 UTC 2012


On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:38:11 +0100
Daniel Bye <freebsd-questions at slightlystrange.org> wrote:
> 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.
no, no, I meant why should FreeBSD need them. I am aware of your
> 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.
Why don't you get a FreeBSD machine which scans the network traffic and
have some fun with the results?
> > 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 it its establishment) is no longer applicable in an increasingly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 other devices).
Why don't you have another try? We use very often a FreeBSD machine
with more CPU power as a server and older machines just as thin
clients. These machines can be Windows machines running whatever virus
scanners you want and an X server (cygwin will do). Your applications
run actually on the FreeBSD machine and the Windows machine is only a

I think that this could match your policy and also shows how pointless
the policy is.


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