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Dear all, I have a new xw9300 workstation (dual processor, core 2) with Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS installed as the OS. I intend to use it mostly for scientific ...
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    Dear all,

    I have a new xw9300 workstation (dual processor, core 2) with Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS installed as the OS. I intend to use it mostly for scientific purposes which means heavy number crunching. It is a stand alone machine (at the moment).

    Can some one advise me on the best way I can protect my machine against viruses, worms, trojans, hackers etc? Are there Linux equivalents of the Norton Anti-Virus software for windows?

    Thanks.
    nadeem

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadeemmalik
    Can some one advise me on the best way I can protect my machine against viruses, worms, trojans, hackers etc? Are there Linux equivalents of the Norton Anti-Virus software for windows?

    Thanks.
    nadeem
    Make sure you have a firewall set up. You really don't need virus scanners for Linux unless you're trying to clean up the traffic for a Microsoft Windows box that's on your network. There aren't any viruses out there for Linux at the moment. For more information, read this:

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...-security.html
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    [QUOTE=techieMoe]Make sure you have a firewall set up. You really don't need virus scanners for Linux unless you're trying to clean up the traffic for a Microsoft Windows box that's on your network.


    Thanks. A couple of beginners questions:
    (1) How do I find out whether my workstation has firewall set up and functioning ok?
    (2) Is installing the Clam-AV and Rootkit Hunter simple, like click-and-go, or do i have to save first, decompress and run on my machine?

    Regards.

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    Is clamav (and any related packages) available via up2date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehemi
    Is clamav (and any related packages) available via up2date?
    I don't think so because I carried out a big up2date for the first time on my new workstation and clamav was not one of the items.

    I have successfully installed rkhunter, but not clamav yet.

    Can anyone advise me on the firewall: how can I tell whether I have a forewall up and how good it is?

    Thanks

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