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Immunet 3.0, ClamAV, and OpenFPC updates (including a blatant product plug)

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I’m always pretty careful to keep anything too commercial away from my blog, but from time to time something just has to give.

Back in late (very late in fact) 2010, Sourcefire (those nice people who supply me with beer-money) purchased an exciting company called Immunet. Ill spare you the purchase details,  because it’s out-of-scope for this quick update.

I’ve been aware of Immunet for quite some time but haven’t had a chance to really use their technology in anger because I’m a OSX/Linux user, but this changed a couple of weeks back. I recently needed to use a Windows XP VM to work with some win32 only software, I’ve had a virtual machine installed for ages and because it’s rarely used it’s rarely updated (bad Leon!). I probably spend less than an hour a year on this windows VM, I simply don’t have time to install updates because I only use it for quick tests (very bad Leon!).

Immunet’s cloud architecture is perfect for AV in this type of environment, I never need to update my signature pack because all detection is performed in the cloud. While trying to install some software from a USB key-fob that was shared around at a recent conference what popped up? Immunet kindly did it’s job and protected me from some malware nastiness. Now that was awesome.

Oh, by the way Immunet isn’t only awesome (because it saved me from my own stupidity), its also $free and uses Clam AV (that’s also free, but as in speech as well). If you’re using a Windows VM or real device without AV you know what you should do… Go install Immunet for free now . Go on do it now!

For those of you who read this blog for updates on OpenFPC, if you have any spare time please test the updated 0.5 release. There have been many changes at the back-end that I would like to get some feedback on. If it stops working or fails to start please let me know via the usual routes. You shouldn’t see many functional changes, but was a big massive re-write under the covers.


Written by leonward

February 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Posted in OpenFPC, Security

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