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Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

  • 1.  Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    IBM Champion
    Posted Wed March 06, 2024 08:28 AM

    Hi Guys,

    Is the implementation of AIX Trusted Execution (TE) functions alone sufficient to address security features, or do you find it necessary to complement it with antivirus software on the AIX system? If you are using antivirus software, could you share your reasons for doing so and recommend any specific products that have proven effective in this context?



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    Mafaaz Salam
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  • 2.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 03:43 AM

    First you have to ask yourself why would you want AV software on AIX, ie what would this software detect and protect you against?

    What is the answer in your case?



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    Lech Szychowski
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  • 3.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    IBM Champion
    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 03:51 AM

    Hi,

    there will be AIX antivirus solution from RazLee company available soon.

    They have long and very successful history in security solutions for IBM i and AIX is on it's way now.

    Don't hesitate to contact them.

    Regards Igor. 



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    Igor Novotny
    Principal Consultant
    MHM Computer, a.s.
    Prague 15
    00420602369375
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  • 4.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 05:46 AM

    Mere existence of the AV software does not justify installing this software. As always there has to be a valid reason and a real added value.



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    Lech Szychowski
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  • 5.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 05:12 AM

    The only time I'd run AV on a Unix platform is when it is acting as a file & print server for windows.  This would be to avoid it being a conduit for the transmission of virus to/from windows.  Out side of this use case, I don't see any need for it.



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    Phill Rowbottom
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  • 6.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    IBM Champion
    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 06:01 AM

    AV software is essential due to the newly introduced PCI DSS regulations. Some of my customers' AIX systems are exposed to the Internet, requiring protection. I am seeking arguments to determine whether relying solely on Trusted Execution (TE) is adequate for security or if additional measures, such as Antivirus (AV) software, are necessary.



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    Mafaaz Salam
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  • 7.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 06:06 AM

    > Some of my customers' AIX systems are exposed to the Internet, requiring protection.

    What do you want to protect and against what? That's the question. AIX systems itself against AIX viruses?



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    Lech Szychowski
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  • 8.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    IBM Champion
    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 06:12 AM

    When considering protection for AIX systems against AIX viruses specifically, the focus is on safeguarding the integrity and functionality of the AIX operating system itself. AIX viruses, or malware targeting AIX environments, can pose a threat to the stability and security of the operating system.



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    Mafaaz Salam
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  • 9.  RE: Antivirus Software Recommendations for AIX System

    Posted Thu March 07, 2024 08:07 AM

    > AIX viruses,

    Has anybody seen such a beast in a real world, not in a lab env?

    > or malware targeting AIX environments, can pose a threat to the stability and security of the operating system.

    True. So how does malware get executed in AIX?



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    Lech Szychowski
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