Kaspersky Lab begins beta testing of three new versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD

20 Apr 2005
Product news

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the launch of beta testing of three new versions of Kaspersky® Anti-Virus, designed to protect email and file servers, as well as workstations, running on the Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD operating systems – Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux FreeBSD, and OpenBSD Mail Server, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux FreeBSD, and OpenBSD File Server and Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux FreeBSD, and OpenBSD Workstations.

The programs allow for the effective detection and neutralization of malicious code in all objects on a file server, workstation and mail server, which includes a user friendly process of automatic updates from the antivirus database, as well as a flexible antivirus configuration program.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux FreeBSD, and OpenBSD Mail Server, File Server and Workstation contain a range of functions, including the scanning of all incoming and outgoing SMTP traffic, which neutralizes malware in infected messages, while providing configuration options for filtering mail according to predefined rules.

Kavmonitor, (on-access scanner), a totally new component, supports real-time system scanning, and identifies and quarantines all suspicious objects, thereby minimizing the likelihood of malware infiltration of a network. In the updated version it is possible to choose between three types of antivirus databases – standard, expanded and super secure sets Riskware, (i.e., adware, legal software that has been used by hackers and other potentially hazardous programs) are detected using the latter two options.

New technologies have been implemented for antivirus database update and application module downloads (including integrity and usability checks for downloaded databases). This reduces network traffic and improves product performance.

A number of innovations have noticeably improved productivity for the Workstation and File Server solutions. The iChecker technology first introduced by Kaspersky Lab for Windows products is now available for Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD as well. iChecker implements check-summing to ensure antivirus scanning only for modified files, which significantly decreases system load. The improved system scanning decreases system load by 30 to 40% during startup, and when real-time antivirus monitoring is enabled. Moreover, the option to scan the file system in background mode decreases system load even further. System administrators will appreciate the improved management options, such as simplified installation and de-installation procedures. Specifically, it is possible to import settings from older versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus (4.0 or 5.0) when installing Version 5.5. Administrators can now create backup directories to store suspicious and infected objects until they decide whether to disinfect or delete them.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD Mail Server is closely integrated with the Workstation and File Server solutions, and contains the same new functionalities. However, the Mail Server specific components have also been upgraded.

For example, the licensing module for Mail Server now updates the list of licensed users automatically. Administrators can also now maintain statistics on malware penetration via the built-in Webmin interface. Statistics are generated graphically and it is possible to create reports on the types of malware detected during specified intervals.

Find out more about participating in our beta testing program here.