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Date:      Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:19:45 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Daniel Feenberg <>
To:        Daniel Bye <>
Subject:   Re: On-access AV scanning
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On Fri, 27 Jul 2012, Daniel Bye wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:51:04PM +0200, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>>> Are there any current options available to support on-access antivirus
>>> scanning on FreeBSD?
>> FreeBSD doesn't need this as there are no viruses on that system.
> Well, thanks.
>>> And yes, I know that neither FreeBSD nor Solaris are renowned for their
>>> sickly vulnerability to viruses, but we operate in a mixed environment, with
>>> a lot of Windows machines and ZFS file systems exported by SMB/CIFS, so we
>>> need the AV to ensure any viruses are stopped before they infect a
>>> susceptible machine.  It seems a small price to pay to finally get a decent
>>> workstation!
>> No idea - YOU will not spread wiruses, and viruses from other
>> winstations will not affect you.
>> so just install antivirus software on winstations.
>> Or finally educate users as it is really simple to avoid viruses
>> even with windows
> I refer you to the part where I specifically talk about our corporate IT
> policy. All desktops/workstations (that is, all of them, every single one),
> must have AV software running on them. There will be no exceptions, on pain

Well, there is AV software for FreeBSD - we use Kaspersky on our FreeBSD 
based mailserver, but the viruses it looks for are Windows viruses. I 
don't know if that will satisfy your IT policy. Maybe you should be 
looking at Cygwin? Or, can FreeBSD run under HyperV?

daniel feenberg

> of dismissal. I don't want to lose my job, because you said I didn't need AV
> software.
> -- 
> Daniel Bye
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