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Do we really need to install antivirus on Linux web server? | Computer Security - Quora

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Computer Security

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Do we really need to install antivirus on Linux web
server?
7 Answers

Does Linux (eg. Ubuntu) really not need any
antivirus software?
Do we really need any antivirus software for linux
operating system like Super X?
Why don't I need an antivirus while using Linux?
What's the best Linux distro for a web server?

Aastha Joshi, Web Developer
Answered Feb 28, 2017

You may or may not be require an Antivirus for the Linux OS. You need to

Which Linux distribution is better as a web server,
Fedora or Ubuntu? Why?

understand this in simple manner. If you install an antivirus on Linux OS then it

How do I install Linux server?

will only detect the virus and will give you an information. It is not going to

Do web servers really use gzip?

prevent it. Because antivirus do not work on Linux as they do work on Windows.
On Windows the Antivirus monitors the OS. As a matter of fact Windows system
are more vulnerable to the viruses as compared to Linux but still we need
Antivirus.
But in your case your website was got hacked, after that it got spammed. So no
matter how strong antivirus you place as a savior but it won’t benefit in

Can Linux GUI be installed on a Linux media
server?
Do Antivirus really work?
How do I install a Linux server, a web server, a
PHP server and a MySQL server?
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preventing hacking attacks. For that you have to tightened the security of your
website.
You must work on the basics of Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
You must take care of your ports, this is a very common mistake web
developers do. If you do not shut the ports it is more likely to get used
and leaving your website to vulnerabilities. Just Noshut (Command for
opening the port) port 80 and 443 and Shut all other ports.
Proper server setup is another thing that you keep in mind. Apache or
Apache2 are preferred web servers.
Setting up firewall is a real deal. This is the most critical thing that you
have to do consciously and properly. If you have visitors that access
your website in that case you can create a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) so
that the authentication of such users can be done within DMZ and they
won’t entire your admin area.
You may also set the specific permissions for the users (If you have
users)
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What's the best Linux distro for a web server?
Which Linux distribution is better as a web server, Fedora or Ubuntu? Why?

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Meletis Flevarakis, Director at Polyware Interactive Ltd (2016-present)
Answered Feb 28, 2017

As others have suggested, if you do a proper server setup you wont need an

Does Linux (eg. Ubuntu) really not need any
antivirus software?

antivirus.

Do we really need any antivirus software for linux
operating system like Super X?

Some common practices are the following:

Why don't I need an antivirus while using Linux?

1. Disable external access to core systems like MySQL and Caching servers

What's the best Linux distro for a web server?

2. Disable root access and create an other admin-like account

Which Linux distribution is better as a web server,
Fedora or Ubuntu? Why?

3. Change the ports of ssh and of other similar systems

How do I install Linux server?

4. Install a proper firewall like pfsense (it’s hard, but it worth your time)

Do web servers really use gzip?

5. Disable ALL ports except from the ones that you use (80, 443, etc..)

Can Linux GUI be installed on a Linux media
server?

6. ALWAYS check this website CVE security vulnerability database.
Security vulnerabilities, exploits, references and more

Do Antivirus really work?

and check for

exploits on your stack
7. Think how you can mitigate damage IF something goes wrong.

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8. This might sound silly but.. STRONG PASSWORDS and TFA!
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David Nathans, Cyber security craftsman
Answered Feb 28, 2017

Chances are your linux server was not infected with a virus but rather hacked
either through a misconfiguration allowing too much access, a weak password or
unpatched vulnerable software.
Typically linux servers only need anti-virus if they are sharing files with
windows systems or performing as a mail server. In both theae cases the AV
software is inspecting the files coming in and going out over those 2 services. It
does not work like on a windows system where the AV monitors the operating
system.
This is not to say that there are no viruses that infect linux but they are rare
compaired to that of windows. The protection goals are different in each
operaring system.
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Jesse Pollard, programmer/analyst/administrator from way back
Answered Feb 27, 2017

It won’t do anything.
Closing the vulnerability (“proper server setup”) takes care of the problem. Antivirus products can only detect the virus AFTER you have already gotten it AND
if it can recognize it. For linux systems, once the virus is identified, the
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AntiVirus on a ‘nix server like this wouldn’t be likely to give you any extra
security, if its scanning files on there and letting you know when it finds
something though, it should give you an earlier warning when you get hacked,
proper intrusion detection, setting up your firewall properly, checking and
setting up the webserver (most likely Apache) correctly and auditing and
keeping the server side code especially database calls up to date would be far
better.

Does Linux (eg. Ubuntu) really not need any
antivirus software?
Do we really need any antivirus software for linux
operating system like Super X?

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Why don't I need an antivirus while using Linux?

Simon Greenwood, Linux user and wrangler since 1994.

What's the best Linux distro for a web server?

Answered Feb 28, 2017

Antivirus software won’t protect your server. Consider installing and running
maldet (Linux Malware Detect ) to catch injected malware but also ensure that

Which Linux distribution is better as a web server,

Fedora or Ubuntu? Why?

your software is always up to date and be aware of published vulnerabilities and

How do I install Linux server?

ensure that you fix them as soon as possible in custom software.

Do web servers really use gzip?

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Can Linux GUI be installed on a Linux media
server?

Yehia Abass, Freelancer at Upwork (2016-present)

Do Antivirus really work?

Answered Feb 27, 2017

Read this article Do you need an Antivirus on Linux? - AGR Technology

How do I install a Linux server, a web server, a
PHP server and a MySQL server?

174 Views · 5 Upvotes · Answer requested by Alpha Tan

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