Symantec Extends Award-Winning Antivirus Protection To Linux Platform
New Anti-Virus Engine Provides Detection and Repair for Linux-Based Viruses
CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 20, 2000
Symantec Corporation, the world leader in Internet security, today announced the
availability of the most advanced virus detection and repair technology
engineered to address the growing need for Linux-based virus protection.
Award-winning Norton AntiVirus now scans and analyzes files in the ELF file
format -- the format used by the Linux platform.
"Since Linux is free, "open source," and runs on everyday PCs, we expect
increasing numbers of viruses on this platform," said Sanjiv Bhargava, vice
president of Core Technology. "By delivering this technology, Symantec
demonstrates its commitment to meeting the ever changing security needs of our
Existing Norton AntiVirus users benefit immediately from Linux-based virus
protection by using the product's LiveUpdate feature. LiveUpdate provides a
simple way to keep users protected by automatically connecting to a Symantec
server to download the latest virus definitions and software updates. In this
case, LiveUpdate interacts with Symantec's modular core anti-virus engine, NAVEX
to create the Linux modification. NAVEX is an advanced technology designed to
provide customers with compact, easy-to-distribute, easy-to-install updates to
the Norton AntiVirus scanning engine.
"Adding Linux support illustrates Symantec's effort to provide solutions that
protect customers using all types of platforms," said Paul McNamara, vice
president of business development, Red Hat, Inc. "We are please to see top
security solutions, like Symantec's anti-virus solution, available for Linux."
According to research conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC),
preliminary figures for 1999 show that Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the
server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998; and that 40 percent of all
spending on Linux servers is for Internet-related applications. Research
performed by NetCraft, Inc. states that 29 percent of all public Web servers also
run on Linux, making Linux one of the most popular operating system for public
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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