Kaspersky offers new Linux antivirus software

Kaspersky Labs Ltd., a Moscow security software developer, has released a new version of its antivirus software for mail servers running on Linux and Unix operating systems.

The software, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux/Unix Mail Servers Version 5.0, offers several new features, including the ability to check all e-mail data streams centrally in real time, the company said in a statement earlier this week.

With this function, the antivirus program is able to search for and neutralize malicious code in all objects passing through the server, ensuring that only data confirmed to be safe is delivered to client computers, Kaspersky said.

The system supports FreeBSD, Open BSD and popular versions of Linux.

Version 5.0 allows system administrators to centrally manage and modify settings to meet specific requirements, Kaspersky said. It comes with the plug-in module Webmin, a management system that enhances remote administration functionality.

The integration of Webmin with the Kaspersky Anti-Virus application also allows for better compatibility between the product and the Linux and Unix operating systems, said Denis Zenkin, a company spokesman.

Version 5.0 corrects the functional and architectural shortcomings in Version 4.0, in addition to refining the statistics gathering and reporting system, the company said.

In the new release, configuration files of all product components are unified in a single configuration file that allows system administrators to control the entire product from a single console, Zenkin said. The configuration file format has been changed from binary to plain text.

The system also features an advanced antivirus kernel that significantly lessens requirements on computer processing power without impairing performance, the company said.

Users of Version 4.0 can download Version 5.0 free of charge from the company's Web site: www.kaspersky.com.

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