August 1, 2005 10:48 AM PDT

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Kaspersky Lab is expanding further into the American market with the U.S. debut of its antivirus software for Linux and Unix e-mail servers, file servers and workstations.

Moscow-based Kaspersky announced Monday that it has launched the corporate products in the United States. It has sold them in Europe for the past six years.

"Linux products are much more prevalent in Europe. But as Linux comes more and more online in the United States, there is a greater need for protection against malicious code," said Randy Drawas, a Kaspersky Lab spokesman.

Developers of the Linux kernel also see the need for greater security and earlier this year formed a security mailing list to keep each other apprised of flaws.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus version 5.5 is designed to protect e-mail servers, file servers and workstations running on Linux, Free BSD and Open BSD operating systems, the security company said. The upgraded version features real-time scanning technology called Kavmonitor that aims to identify and quarantine suspicious objects.

Version 5.5 includes improvements to its installation and removal procedures, Kaspersky said. A built-in Web interface enables IT administrators to maintain statistics on malicious software getting into their networks.

The software, which has begun shipping in the United States, sells for $26 per single workstation; $190 per file server; and $19.34 per mailbox license for orders between 10 to 25 mailboxes.

 

Correction: This story incorrectly identified the corporate headquarters of Kaspersky Lab. The company is headquartered in Moscow, and its main U.S. location is in Woburn, Mass.

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I Thought Linux is Virus-Free
So...I guess those open source nutjobs are misleading people by saying Linux is safe and secure :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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The anti-virus makers are misleading everyone
The Symantecs, McAfees, ... are so frustrated about these virus-free OSses (OS X, Linux, Netware, ...) that they are spreading FUD just to create a market for their products.

The article is very unlear about this, but like the other poster said, these products are doing nothing but to scan for MS viruses that can be present on these systems but that are harmless on the system itself. All this does is provide client protection (MS file share, email)

Just don't swallow everything you read here...
Posted by Steven N (487 comments )
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I Thought Linux is Virus-Free
So...I guess those open source nutjobs are misleading people by saying Linux is safe and secure :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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The anti-virus makers are misleading everyone
The Symantecs, McAfees, ... are so frustrated about these virus-free OSses (OS X, Linux, Netware, ...) that they are spreading FUD just to create a market for their products.

The article is very unlear about this, but like the other poster said, these products are doing nothing but to scan for MS viruses that can be present on these systems but that are harmless on the system itself. All this does is provide client protection (MS file share, email)

Just don't swallow everything you read here...
Posted by Steven N (487 comments )
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re: I Thought Linux is Virus-Free
Kaspersky virus scanner on Linux is looking for Windows viruses on Samba shares and in incomming E-mail. It's sole purpose in life is to protect windows machines that are using a Linux server for E-mail and file and print services.
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re: I Thought Linux is Virus-Free
Kaspersky virus scanner on Linux is looking for Windows viruses on Samba shares and in incomming E-mail. It's sole purpose in life is to protect windows machines that are using a Linux server for E-mail and file and print services.
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ClamAV is free on Linux
What is big deal? I thouhwe can get free AV on Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SuSe, Gentoo, FreeBSD.... from www.clamav.net
Posted by 202578300049013666264380294439 (137 comments )
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We need clamav, kaspersky and more...
Like the man said, linux av software goes on linux servers to protect Windows servers and users. Best practice says you should use at least two virus checkers in your network, because no av software always figures out a virus first.

According to AV-Test.org (www.av-test.com), Kaspersky did better than clamav against Bozari.A/B, Drudgebot.B, IRCBot!Var and Zotob.A/B. But clamav cleaned its clock against the Mytobs. When you download the xls, you'll note that BitDefender and other heuristics-based products often beat both to the punch.

But heuristics are often slower and prone to false positives. Nevertheless, content filtering appliance vendors usually muscle-up their equipment so they can pipe data through both av and heuristics software.

As far as motives go, I think most av programmers are either space cadets or zealots. Kaspersky's convinced he can take on Microsoft
(<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39193800,00.htm" target="_newWindow">http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39193800,00.htm</a>),
and clamav's Kojm comes off like Mahatma Gandhi (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.emailbattles.com/archive/battles/virus_aabejfhaib_ag/" target="_newWindow">http://www.emailbattles.com/archive/battles/virus_aabejfhaib_ag/</a>).

On the other hand, it's worth remembering that, when Kaspersky predicted a major meltdown in 2004 that never happened the chief of Dr.Web antivirus lab, Mikhail Bachinsky responded,"Kaspersky Labs has been foretelling doomsday for a long time.
(<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/08/24/internetend.shtml" target="_newWindow">http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/08/24/internetend.shtml</a>)

Sure there's hype, but with all the well-heeled competition, these guys have to make themselves heard somehow.
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ClamAV is free on Linux
What is big deal? I thouhwe can get free AV on Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SuSe, Gentoo, FreeBSD.... from www.clamav.net
Posted by 202578300049013666264380294439 (137 comments )
Reply Link Flag
We need clamav, kaspersky and more...
Like the man said, linux av software goes on linux servers to protect Windows servers and users. Best practice says you should use at least two virus checkers in your network, because no av software always figures out a virus first.

According to AV-Test.org (www.av-test.com), Kaspersky did better than clamav against Bozari.A/B, Drudgebot.B, IRCBot!Var and Zotob.A/B. But clamav cleaned its clock against the Mytobs. When you download the xls, you'll note that BitDefender and other heuristics-based products often beat both to the punch.

But heuristics are often slower and prone to false positives. Nevertheless, content filtering appliance vendors usually muscle-up their equipment so they can pipe data through both av and heuristics software.

As far as motives go, I think most av programmers are either space cadets or zealots. Kaspersky's convinced he can take on Microsoft
(<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39193800,00.htm" target="_newWindow">http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39193800,00.htm</a>),
and clamav's Kojm comes off like Mahatma Gandhi (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.emailbattles.com/archive/battles/virus_aabejfhaib_ag/" target="_newWindow">http://www.emailbattles.com/archive/battles/virus_aabejfhaib_ag/</a>).

On the other hand, it's worth remembering that, when Kaspersky predicted a major meltdown in 2004 that never happened the chief of Dr.Web antivirus lab, Mikhail Bachinsky responded,"Kaspersky Labs has been foretelling doomsday for a long time.
(<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/08/24/internetend.shtml" target="_newWindow">http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/08/24/internetend.shtml</a>)

Sure there's hype, but with all the well-heeled competition, these guys have to make themselves heard somehow.
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