Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 22:38 UTC, submitted by Jean Turner
Privacy, Security, Encryption "It is time for us to make a change. ClamAV is now mature software and we are confident that Sourcefire will successfully continue its development, move it forward and maintain the integrity of its infrastructure. Matt Watchinski, who has headed Sourcefire's Vulnerability Research Team for 10 years, will continue to lead this project. Joel Esler, the company's Open Source community manager, will also be your main point of contact and advocate."
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A good idea, I suppose.
by Gullible Jones on Wed 20th Jun 2012 04:05 UTC
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ClamAV always seemed like a nice idea to me. It's relatively small, freely distributable, and the Linux version is supposed to have decent detection rates; it probably makes a nice addition to a system rescue toolset, especially since you can run it from SystemRescueCD or such... As opposed to needing a live CD from the antivirus vendor, which will probably be running kernel 2.6.18 and Xorg 6.8, and completely incapable of running with your video card or mobo chipset.

Also I like that it doesn't try to be an on-access AV solution. (Because on-access AVs are a poor substitute for practical knowledge of your OS, never mind actual software security.)

OTOH I haven't had the opportunity to put it to serious use yet. I'd be interested to hear how well it does detecting some of the nastier varieties of common malware - MBR rootkits for instance.

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