What Is ClamXav (and do Mac users really need antivirus)
Subject:   ClamX has no Mac virus database
Date:   2005-10-04 17:22:26
From:   ncmphoto
ClamX or ClamAV is surely very useful on servers or mixed platform networks, but I'm curious as to what use it has on a Mac-only network or single user configuration.

There was a recent thread on this in the Mac-L elist and Randy Singer (Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)), who claims to have discussed this with the developer of ClamX on a MacIntouch thread says that there is no Mac-specific virus definition database that ClamX refers to:

>>He admitted that there were no definitions for Mac-specific malware in the ClamAV database, and that he himself didn't know how to write definitions for Mac malware to include in the ClamAV database, nor did he have access to Mac malware to
use as a basis for creating such definitions.<<

So if an OSX virus or worm appears in the wild, just how would a user of ClamX be protected?



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