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F-Secure Readies Security Software For Linux

F-Secure Corp. on Tuesday unveiled security software for open-source Samba file servers and Linux, addressing a need that's growing within the enterprise market.

The Finnish company announced the availability of antivirus software for Samba that automatically detects and removes viruses from files stored on the server. The new product is meant to protect all Samba-attached computers from malicious code that could enter the network from a Windows or Linux machine.

Next month, F-Secure plans to ship a Linux version of F-Secure Policy Manager, which will extend centrally managed virus-scanning to Linux workstations. The current product, which only runs on Windows, supports virus scanning on Windows-based workstations, Microsoft Exchange, and F-Secure's firewall, gateway, and other products.

F-Secure software supports products from Linux distributors SuSE (which was recently acquired by Novell), and Red Hat Inc. Both new products are sold on a per-CPU basis.

The vast majority of viruses and other malicious code traveling the Internet today target applications running on Windows-based PCs and servers. Analysts, however, say the number of viruses targeting Linux computers is Increasing, as more and more enterprises deploy business software on the open-source operating system.

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