Kaspersky Lab Introduces the World's First Virus Defense System for Postfix E-mail Gateways

05 Mar 2001
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Cambridge, United Kingdom, March 6, 2001 - Kaspersky Lab, an international data-security software-development company, introduces the beta-version of the world's first virus protection software for Postfix e-mail gateways.

Since 1998, Postfix has been known as an alternative to the widely used Sendmail program. Postfix provides users with nearly the same capabilities, but it is more effective when processing e-mail, is easier to use and provides better security and management. These features have allowed Postfix to enter the top three of the most popular e-mail gateways for Unix -platforms in only two years.

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus for Postfix seamlessly integrates into the Postfix e-mail processing system running on Linux, FreeBSD or BSDi operating systems. It intercepts corporate e-mail traffic, and constantly filters all the incoming and outgoing messages. This enables the program to remove malicious code at server level, and prevent the delivery of an infected file to a local workstation or the transmission of an infected file outside the corporate network.

Kaspersky AV for Postfix provides flexible configuration in order to solve user-specific tasks: users can specify the scanning options for checking the different e-mail streams and even specify options for each of the e-mail accounts. The program also features a quarantine option to isolate infected and suspicious objects for further inspection by the system administrator, scanning inside archived and compressed files, and a heuristic analyzer to search for unknown viruses. If a malicious code is detected, Kaspersky AV can effectively block the message, cure or delete the infected file or the message body, and send out a notification to the system administrator according to the predefined options.

"Kaspersky AV for Postfix continues our strategy of integrating virus protection into e-mail gateways for Unix platforms. Our further plans in this direction include the development of an anti-virus SMTP-gateway that will enable users to scan e-mail traffic on the SMTP-protocol level; i.e., regardless of the e-mail program installed," said Michael Kalinichenko, Kaspersky Lab Technical Director.

Kaspersky AV for Postfix is currently in the final beta-testing stage. The fully functional commercial version of the product will be available in the end of March 2001. It will be distributed as a part of Kaspersky AV for Linux Server and Kaspersky AV for FreeBSD/BSDi. At the same time the expansion of the products' functionality will not affect its price: for the same amount of money users will receive a ready-made solution to integrate centralized anti-virus defense for all three of the most popular Unix-based e-mail gateways: Sendmail, Qmail and Postfix. All users of previous versions of Kaspersky AV for Linux Server and Kaspersky AV for FreeBSD/BSDi will be offered a free upgrade to the new version.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus can be purchased in the Kaspersky Lab online store or from a worldwide network of Kaspersky Anti-Virus distributors and resellers.