McAfee makes a Linux AV product
Posted Apr 10, 2006 15:49 UTC (Mon) by rickmoen
In reply to: McAfee makes a Linux AV product
Parent article: Crossplatform virus - the latest proof of concept
Being a University student, I get the privilege of using the campus-wide license for McAfee Antivirus. Since I only use Linux, I was thrilled to discover that not only does McAfee make a Unix version (works on Linux, FreeBSD, HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris), but also that the University I attend provides this version alongside their Windows/Mac offering.
I suppose the only down side is that this is presumably a corporate/enterprise version. It's not like I could walk into $COMMERCIAL_RETAILER and pick up a Linux copy... :-(
Something for you to ponder: One of the glories of running Linux is that you can avoid the need to run unauditable code with significant privilege (and can avoid running it at all, in many cases).
But here, you're pretty much proposing to run with root-user authority a proprietary, binary codebase from a proprietary-software vendor whose business integrity, along with almost all of its competitors, is already specifically subject to question, concerning the Sony rootkit scandal (a point Schneier made quite eloquently, at the time). And you're thrilled about this? Me, I'd go to great lengths to avoid exercising that option.
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