The sys admin’s daily grind: ClamFS


Article from Issue 113/2010

Too many cooks spoil the broth, they say, but it could just as easily be an ingredient that isn’t part of the recipe. If you can’t reduce the number of cooks, you have to take other steps to make your broth more edible.

When people start talking about anti-virus scanners on file servers, you often hear them say they’re not that important because Linux servers are not really vulnerable anyway. This reminds me about the debate on swine flu vaccination. There are many arguments for and against, but there is one thing that really impressed me: If you have been vaccinated, you won’t spread the illness and will thus passively protect other people whether you actually benefit from the vaccination yourself. People like me, who have problems with their immune systems, will always appreciate this benefit.

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