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Re: Anti-Virus Software ?

Temlakos wrote:

On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 12:22, Brian Fahrlander wrote:

On Tue, 2004-10-05 at 11:10, Jonathan Allen wrote:

What anti-virus software would you recommend for running on an FC2
machine ?  There are no windows machines in the network, only Linux
workstations, also all running FC2.

You already are: it's called FC2. :> The only reason you'd need to run AV programs is to protect Windows boxes.


I'm sure that's comforting--for now. And we all hope that Linux is
inherently more secure against viruses of all types. Maybe we're right.
But as more people get fed up with "WinDoze" or "Window$" or however you
want to spell it, what will happen when cyber-terrorists start attacking
Linux directly with virus operations? That's what some of my clients are
asking me right now. What do I tell them?

There seems to be an unfounded notion that the only reason linux doesn't have any notable viruses is because of the small market share, and from that that the number of viruses for a given platform is roughly proportional to its market share. So under this "logic" Windows having 95+% of the desktop market can be expected to suffer 95+% of the exploits. If this were true, however, we would expect that in markets where Windows has less penetration -- e.g. internet severs, where Windows servers comprise ~40% of the market -- that Windows should only suffer ~40% of the exploits in this arena. That is not what we see, however: even with ~40% of the internet server market, Windows still suffers ~95% of the significant exploits. One can conclude from this that Windows is inherently less secure than other platforms.


-John (john os2 dhs org)

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