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[Solved] Antivirus Software for Linux

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2016-02-13

Can any LM user recommend me an effective anti-virus program for Linux? For the first time today I received an e-mail sent by a stranger using my own address as the sender's address. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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Not malware, this time. Some weasel is making their computer lie to you...
http://security.stackexchange.com/quest ... om-address
...the human-readable 'from' text is adjustable before the email is sent.
While you're waiting, read the free novel we sent you. It's a Spanish story about a guy named "manual".

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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Here's a link to Sophos Antivirus for Linux and a link on how to install. I installed on 17.3 today and was easy . . .

Download:
https://secure2.sophos.com/en-us/produc ... nload.aspx

How to install:
http://<known bad website blocked>/how-to-install-so ... untu/4460/

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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julianvb wrote:Can any LM user recommend me an effective anti-virus program for Linux?
No, because there isn't one.
Please see http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=31723
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If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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It's funny (and somewhat disturbing) that this question is asked again and again. M0em is right: there isn't one we can recommend and you don't need one.

Some knowledgeable users even argue that an anti-virus program is more likely to introduce a potential security problem than prevent it - especially if you install something which is not in the official repository.

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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At first - as already said here - you don't need it and you should avoid this.

Second: No AV-program will be able to do anything against the problem, that sender of mails may fake their address; in fact, hardly a spammer will show his real address. The police or the Internet provider would really quickly jump in. One of the probably faked sender address can be the address of the receiver. By that you identify the sender as a rather stupid person, as this is rather obvious for the receiver.
But nevertheless: A faked address is no malware, so nothing what a AV-program would be able to detect. Also no AV-program would be able to decide, whether a mail is probably really send by as a test mail to yourself.

If you use Thunderbird and have activated the built in junk-filter, the filter would most likely (after some time of auto-learning) identify this mail by its content as spam.

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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Hello, julianvb.

Although the relevant answers have already been given in the posts above mine, I would like to recommend reading the (really long) sticky thread
Questions about Defragging or Antivirus? Look here first! as well.

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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I find anti virus programs for Linux completely unnecessary but there are some anti virus programs for Linux I do not consider Linux invincible you can get viruses on Linux however that scenario is actually very rare.


http://www.welivesecurity.com/2015/01/1 ... -desktops/

here are A list of anti virus programs for Linux below

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/f ... linux.aspx

https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-se ... -linux.php

http://www.pandasecurity.com/japan/home ... topsecure/

http://www.clamav.net/download/

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jonnymoon96 wrote:you can get viruses on Linux however that scenario is actually very rare.
I'm curious if you can provide some examples of this. I've never heard or seen anyone using Linux on the desktop get a "virus." IIRC there have only been about 40 linux "viruses" ever cooked up--most of them in the lab and not released in the wild, and all of which have been patched.
Linux servers are a different matter (different configuration, software, open ports, and so on) but even they are very secure if admined properly.
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Hi, Everyone,

Thank you all very much for your enlightening advice and suggestions. Through the five years I've been using Ubuntu and Linux Mint, I've never detected even a single virus case. I think the recent spoofing of my e-mail address by someone is a different matter as Mule Ant pointed out. Unfortunately I've deleted this particular e-mail. If it should re-appear, I'll save it and let this forum examine and analyze it. As for now, I'm convinced that installing AV software is not productive.

Many thanks to you all again.

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So I was reading about the Sophos Linux anti-virus on their site https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/f ... linux.aspx and wondered, has anybody here used Sophos and found a virus or malware on their system?

I read over as much as I could find on the Sophos site, and even they say it is mainly for Linux based servers so as to catch and not pass on Windows virus'/malware.

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The only thing sure is that somebody bad intentionned has your email adress. That Linux is implicated is far less probable.

1. With a simple service like https://emkei.cz/ you can make email seeming to arrive from obama@whitehouse.gov or snowden@nsa.gov. You, me, anybody can do that, without hacking the white house, obama, snowden or the nsa. It only seems that the message is from one of them. And it could be anyone, like you. You can't do a lot of thing about it, only don't spread your emails on the web and use every time possible the "CCi" instead of other thing in your email. If you are a techy guy, you should use GPG keys, but honestly, really few people use that.

2. If your browser or your email client have been hacked it's possible that your browser (or client) is infected. But not Linux Mint. I suggest you simply desinstall totally your browser (or client) and re-install it. Minimize the extensions' quantities for the qualities. And change the password(s) like explained in 3.

3. If you are running a webmail (yahoo, gmail, microsoft webmail,...) some of them are often attacked and they leaked all the password of all the users. I have been a victim of that once. Simply change your password for something like

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3ohfkCRjzzie
. Avoid all weak passwords like "azerty", "123456", ...etc. It's also better to run your browser in private browsing mode, and to delete time to time your history. If you are ready to do so, by using a privacy oriented webmail you should avoid this kind of trouble (tutanota, protonmail.... there are a lot of them)

4. However, it is not impossible to hack and penetrate a Linux OS, but generally, if you aren't a strategic enemy of China, US, Europe, Russia and some other few ones, you probably don't have a virus on a Linux machine. Most of thoses viruses are far from beeing interecepted with a simple antivirus program. It costs a lot to create a virus for Linux and this email probably don't get the bad guy the amount it costs to build a virus like this.

Happy Minting :D

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I think it's pretty clear that Linux / Unix based systems are far less vulnerable than Windows for most issues, but anything at some level can be broken into. If the NSA wants into your computer, I bet they will get in.

I'm sure most have heard about the spyware in the firmware of hard drives http://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/us ... sky-661481.

And this video shows even Tails Linux can be beat using Bios based malware. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNYsfUNegEA

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felemur wrote:I think it's pretty clear that Linux / Unix based systems are far less vulnerable than Windows for most issues, but anything at some level can be broken into. If the NSA wants into your computer, I bet they will get in.

I'm sure most have heard about the spyware in the firmware of hard drives http://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/us ... sky-661481.

And this video shows even Tails Linux can be beat using Bios based malware. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNYsfUNegEA
11-4-2015
LegbaCore will not be accepting any new customer engagements. This website will remain up to continue to serve as a reference for LegbaCore's past work.
nslookup legbacore.com
Non-authoritative answer:
Name: legbacore.com
Address: 66.96.162.143


whois 66.96.162.143
...
NetRange: 66.96.128.0 - 66.96.191.255
CIDR: 66.96.128.0/18
NetName: BIZLAND-FC01
NetHandle: NET-66-96-128-0-1
Parent: NET66 (NET-66-0-0-0-0)
NetType: Direct Allocation
OriginAS:
Organization: The Endurance International Group, Inc. (EIG-12)
RegDate: 2001-04-03
Updated: 2012-03-02
Comment: ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-66-96-128-0-1


OrgName: The Endurance International Group, Inc.
OrgId: EIG-12
Address: 10 Corporate Drive
Address: Suite 300
City: Burlington
StateProv: MA
PostalCode: 01803
Country: US
RegDate: 2005-02-07
Updated: 2015-06-25
Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/org/EIG-12


OrgTechHandle: EIGAR-ARIN
OrgTechName: eig-arin
OrgTechPhone: +1-866-897-5421
OrgTechEmail: eig-arin@maileig.com
OrgTechRef: http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/EIGAR-ARIN

OrgAbuseHandle: EIGAB-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: eig-abuse
OrgAbusePhone: +1-877-659-6181
OrgAbuseEmail: eig-abuse@maileig.com
OrgAbuseRef: http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/EIGAB-ARIN

OrgNOCHandle: ENO91-ARIN
OrgNOCName: EIG Network Operations
OrgNOCPhone: +1-877-659-6181
OrgNOCEmail: eig-noc@maileig.com
OrgNOCRef: http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/ENO91-ARIN

The Endurance International Group is a rapidly growing conglomeration of web hosting companies.

Any guesses as to who their "last" customer engagement was? NSA? CIA?

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Re: Antivirus Software for Linux

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Hi, Everyone,

Thanks again for a very interesting discussion. Yesterday both my ISP and I agreed that there's not much one can do to prevent e-mail address spoofing. However, I did beef up my password as a general good practice.

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A: Kernel 4.15.0-20 i686, LM19.1 Sonya, 32-bit, MATE 1.20.1, Atom N270, 2gb RAM, 64gb SSD
B: Kernel: 4.10.0-38 i686, LM18.3 Sylvia, 32-bit, MATE 1.18.0, Atom N270, 2gb RAM, 64gb SSD
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