Linux is no longer immune to security threats
Linux operating systems have been considered less vulnerable than Windows systems for many years but the myth that they are immune to virus attack is completely false.
The Linux platforms early low instance of attacks was primarily due to the lack of root access required for malware to infiltrate the system, the Linux communitys ability to quickly patch vulnerabilities, and the low adoption rate of Linux in the corporate network. This made Linux a lower priority target for the writers of malware. However, that priority is changing quickly as the platforms popularity across sectors increases.
Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is a versatile on-demand scanner for Linux and FreeBSD systems. The stand-alone scanner protects both UNIX-based and Windows-based disk partitions by scanning for viruses and spyware. Easy to use graphical user interface complements a powerful command line interface that fully supports operating systems scripting tools.
Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices has both a graphical user interface to access the scanner directly from the application menu lists, and a command line interface for more advanced users. Script and extension-based integration helps configuring your favourite file manager, email or news client to easily use Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices. In some cases this is as simple as a mouse click, key-shortcut or menu selection. Example integrations are provided for file managers such as KDEs Konqueror, GNOMEs Nautilus, Xfces Thunar and GNU Midnight Commander.
Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices can unpack and scan inside archives. Scanning progress of each archived file is fully visible with individual file scanning statuses. There is a limit of archive recursion depth, to prevent the occurrence of exploits such as zip-bombs and administrators should be suspicious of any file archived recursively too many times. Bitdefender features built-in support for more than 80 packed files formats, including RAR, ZIP, ARJ, LZH, LHA, ACE, GZIP, TARGZ, JAR, UUE, MIME or CAB archives, no matter how they were created (self-extractable, multivolume, etc).
Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices can be used for scanning specific emails or the entire mailbox. The mailbox scanning identifies emails containing attachments and executes scanning for each attachment. Script and extensions supports also integrate with mail clients (e.g. Pine, Evolution) and Mail Server services.
Quarantine and Virus Submissions
To minimise risk of further infection and to allow safe analysis, Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices can quarantine infected files into a protected directory. In addition to infected files, suspect files may also be moved to the quarantine area as they are identified by heuristic analysis as having known characteristics of malicious code but do not match a known virus signature. Both infected and suspect files can be analysed internally or submitted to the Bitdefender Antivirus Lab at for further investigation.
Bitdefender® Antivirus Scanner for Unices Includes
In addition to signature based detection, Bitdefender provides heuristic detection that emulates a virtual computer-within-a-computer, checking all files and code for malicious behaviour. This technique produces fewer false positives and significantly higher detection rates for zero-day and unknown threats.
Using a multi-layer approach, Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices detects known spyware and adware to prevent outbound data leakage.
Trojans and Root Kits
Trojans and Root Kits are designed to allow remote access to a computer system. Once a Trojan or Root Kit has been installed, it is possible for an attacker to access the system remotely and often leads to data theft. Manually detecting and preventing these types of threats can be time consuming and often lead to a complete system reinstall if improperly removed.
Scheduled Updates with System Tools
Bitdefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices can be configured to automatically update product or new virus definitions via the Internet. If the automatic updates are not configured, manual updates can be initiated at any time from graphical or command line user interfaces.
Optimised to support all major Unix-based platforms
Bitdefender optimises their security solutions specific to each platform, ensuring minimal system degradation and maximum operational performance. To ensure compatibility with all major UNIX-based platforms the Bitdefender UNIX-based solutions are delivered as rpm, deb and generic .tar.run packages.
- Linux: Kernel 2.4.x or 2.6.x (recommended)
- FreeBSD: 5.4 (or newer with compat5x)
- glibc version 2.3.1 or newer, and libstdc++5 from gcc 3.2.2 or newer
- x86 compatible 300 MHz
- i686 500MHz
- 128 MB
Minimum Free Disk Space:
- 100 MB
- Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 or newer
- Fedora Core 1 or newer
- FreeBSD 5.4 or newer
- Mandrake/Mandriva 9.1 or newer
- Oracle Linux 5 or newer
- RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 or newer
- Slackware 9.x or newer
- SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 or newer