Antivirus upgrade aids Unix, Linux security

Data security software company Kaspersky Labs has announced the latest version of its antivirus product for Unix and Linux operating systems.

The upgrade can be installed as a centralised antivirus defence for file servers and application servers operating on OpenBSD (version 2.8) and Solaris 8 (for Intel processors) systems, and also for exim e-mail gateways.

The package, developed in response to corporate customers using Unix and Linux, includes the scanner, daemon and monitor antivirus technology, and also includes automatic antivirus database updates via the Internet, an interactive parameter set-up shell and a module for generating and processing statistic reports. Company officials said the most important addition is the introduction of the multithreaded object-scanning technology allowing the antivirus scanner to simultaneously check any number of files, with the number of such sessions, limited only by a server's capabilities.

The upgrade is also equipped with a system for the remote control of the program for use with a Web interface through a secure HTTPS connection.

A Kaspersky spokesman said processing procedures have been improved to the level where the scanning speed of e-mail has been increased by almost 35 per cent. "Also, cycle functions for the scanning of a fixed directory can be used for completing specific tasks, such as scanning the e-mail box contents. The statistics generating module is now able to generate statistics in real time and for a period indicated by a user," he said.

The default package of the AntiVirus for Unix and Linux servers now includes free support for 50 e-mail boxes. All previously registered users of Kaspersky AntiVirus Business Optimal and Corporate Suite can install the latest version for Unix/Linux free of charge.

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