January 8th, 2008 by ripa
Linux Security 7 Beta 3 is out now and again we have several new supported platforms. There are now 28 supported Linux distribution versions listed in the release notes and actually we have 36 of them active in nightly automated tests. Yes, there are problems for example on Fedora 7 and TurboLinux 11 that haven’t been solved yet, but they will most probably be supported when the final release arrives. I took a quick look at competitors web sites and it looks like we have currently the widest platform support in the Linux antivirus industry.
This is of course enabled by automation. If you want to see how our test automation system has evolved, see my test automation presentation in Google Test Automation Conference last fall in New York.
A test module called moosetest mentioned in the presentation has actually enabled us to triple the amount of test cases run per platform after the presentation took place. We can now re-initialize, reboot, crash and torture the test computers to our heart’s content. Also for the first time we have full coverage for the upgrade-from-previous-versions test scenarios. Also the test system now runs fully automated performance tests on real hardware in addition to normal testing performed on virtual machines. “fair simulation” philosophy for the moosetest was adopted from the Saab version of moose test. See the wikipedia article on moose test.
I can already say that this release will be the best quality we have ever released. Now go get the beta!
January 8th, 2008 by Tuukka
Happy new year everyone! Today we are introducing the third beta release of Linux Security 7.00. This is mainly a bug fix release and does not contain any completely new features. We have also extended our list of supported platforms with 32-bit versions of Asianux 2.0, Asianux 3.0, and Miracle Linux 3.0.
Some other new supported platforms are also on their way, including Fedora Core 7 and Turbolinux 11, but could not quite make it into this release.
Please find the full product package here: f-secure-linux-security-7.00.70103.tgz (MD5,
Be sure to read the release notes before installing. As usual, any comments and feedback you might have is greatly appreciated, so please send them to the address at the bottom of this page!
November 29th, 2007 by Rasmus
Even though it’s just barely 10 days since we announced our last 7.00 beta release, we’re today presenting another one.
This time around we’ve got a couple of new features, although most of the work has gone into overall quality and stability improvements, much like with the last release. The manual scanning wizard has been redesigned to show a progress bar during scanning, and the Summary screen has gotten a new row showing the current Integrity Checking status, which also gives the user an opportunity to initialize the file system baseline and enable the rootkit protection through a wizard. The on-access scanner component has been removed from the `
fschooser‘ program - instead the user can disable the Real-time Scanning feature completely by setting “Virus Protection” and “Integrity Protection” to “Disabled” in the web user interface.
Here are the usual links - full package: f-secure-linux-security-7.00.64805.tgz (MD5, SHA1). As always, please read the release notes and send us feedback to the address at the bottom of this page.
November 20th, 2007 by Rasmus
Hot off our build and test systems comes the Linux Security 7.00 Beta release!
Since Technology Preview 3, we have mostly been working on bug fixing and stability improvements. There has been quite a lot of “behind the scenes” work in our infrastructure - such as enhanced test environments - that may not be immediately noticeable, but in the long run it will result in a higher over-all quality of all our releases. Apart from those quality improvements, the manual scanning wizard through the web user interface has gotten a facelift, so that it will now do scanning in the background, providing better feedback for the users.
The beta package can be downloaded here: f-secure-linux-security-7.00.6442.tgz (MD5, SHA1). As always, please read the release notes and send us feedback to the address at the bottom of this page.
October 10th, 2007 by Juha
Today, we are pleased to announce the release of Technology Preview 3 of our upcoming product Linux Security 7.00. It has been a bit over month since we released Technology Preview 2. Last month we have concentrated on improving performance and quality of existing features. Some of the improvements are:
- The on-access scanner cache has been moved from the user-level scanning daemon to the Dazuko kernel module, significantly improving the overall performance for on-access scanning
- Alert screen in Web User Interface has a button for displaying a printable version of the alerts
- A GUI program
fsgav has been introduced for scanning files and testing integrity
- It is now possible to specify default directories for manual scanning and scheduled scanning tasks. These directories are used in Web User Interface when using the Manual Scanning Wizard or creating a new Scheduled Scanning Task.
The same disclaimer applies as with the last two Technology Previews, even though stability should have improved: preferably test this in a virtual machine environment or a non-critical machine that you don’t mind crashing. This Technology Preview supports upgrade from Linux Server Security 5.30 and later, but it should only be used for testing purposes.
You can download the package here: f-secure-linux-security-7.00.6395.tgz (MD5, SHA1). Please read the release notes and send us feedback to the e-mail address at the bottom of this page!
September 3rd, 2007 by Rasmus
Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of Technology Preview 2 of our upcoming product Linux Security 7.00. In July we released Technology Preview 1, and since then we’ve been doing our best to work towards our goals for the next major release. Many of us have been on vacation on and off during the last two months, so as usual during the summer the activity is a little bit lower than other times of the year. Still, we’ve added a couple of new features since the last technology preview:
- Firewall rules can now be applied to any interface
- We have a first stab at GNOME Nautilus integration using the Nautilus Actions extension
Not all changes are visible though, we’ve also been working with quite a few “under the hood” changes. There are some major performance improvements in the pipeline, but unfortunately they didn’t make it to this preview build. The same disclaimer applies as with the last Technology Preview, even though stability should have improved: preferably test this in a virtual machine environment or a non-critical machine that you don’t mind crashing.
You can download the package here: f-secure-linux-security-7.00.6357.tgz (MD5, SHA1). Please read the release notes and send us feedback to the e-mail address at the bottom of this page!
August 23rd, 2007 by sti
As of yesterday, Linux Client and Server Security 5.30 is no longer a supported version. This was a nice release, at least from our perspective. It introduced several new and improved features:
- Scanning core placed in its own rpm package, the f-secure-security-platform.
- The core introduced riskware scanning.
- Database updates abandoned the old HTTP download client and replaced it with Automatic Update Agent. AUA is a robust background daemon with advanced binary diff capabilities that save bandwidth.
- We took into use syscall hooking in the dazuko driver for Linux 2.6 kernels. This made it possible to provide scan-on-close functionality and support Red Hat kernels. Earlier versions required Red Hat customers to recompile a kernel with capability as a module.
- Firewall rules wizard was introduced in the web user interface.
- Support for servers running Samba. (That was easy. We just tested that realtime protection works with Samba.)
- We shipped a guide for integrating with popular mail transport agent software.
Today, this fine release is history. We encourage everyone to upgrade to Client or Server Security 5.52. You will get:
- Support for 64 bit Linux distributions.
- Command-line-only installation mode for customers who don’t need anything else.
- Rock-solid stability. We’ve worked very hard to eliminate any possibility for system hangs and fixed lots of bugs.
August 23rd, 2007 by sti
A company called Untangle arranged a test for Linux anti-virus products (Be careful! The page has links to live viruses!)
Because the test did not look very well set up, we chose not to participate in it. Others have already commented on the merits of the test arrangements, so I won’t go into more details in here.
However, curiosity got the best of me and I downloaded the test set and tried it on F-Secure Linux Server Security 5.52. Of the 34 files in the test set, we detect 31 as infected. The remaining 3 files are password-protected zip files, which obviously cannot be scanned.
So, we did rather well in the test after all. But you don’t have to take my word for it. For good testing of anti-virus software see Virus Bulletin and AV-Comparatives where our software has always gotten top scores.
August 7th, 2007 by Tuukka
Just had a look at Symphony OS 2007 which we found inside Linux Format September 2007 issue DVD. Symphony is a Ubuntu based Linux distribution which uses the Mezzo for desktop environment. Mezzo in turn is a FVWM-based usability driven desktop project aiming to give us a new way of presenting information. The four hot corners of the screen are very well utilized and all the applications and files are visible on the desktop, instead of hidden inside complex menus.
While Symphony OS still has some bugs and the overall experience felt a bit sluggish, it seems like something to keep an eye on.
July 20th, 2007 by Tuukka
I’ve been participating Guadec 2007 this week in Birmingham. There has been some really interesting presentations about the future of`desktop computing and what are the possible ways in which Gnome could go forward. Online Desktop seems to be the next big thing and there have been some concrete improvements in that direction. One good example of this is the Pyro Desktop, which was released here in Guadec just a few days ago. Also, Telepathy framework seems to be strongly supporting the connected lifestyle of today’s computer users. As mentioned in some presentations, it seems that Open Source Software has the advantage of being able to make bold moves without having to worry too much about backwards compatibility and other such things that commercial desktop systems often have to face.
Mobile computing seems to be another hot thing and Nokia has been widely visible in the conference with Maemo, their Gnome based desktop used in the 770 and 800 devices.
On the usability side, MacSlow was here presenting his lowfat approach, which was even nicer when seen live than watching the videos from his website. I am definitely going to install it and try it out. MacSlow also had a very focused and
clear picture on how to improve the usability of desktops, so lowfat is definitely not only about showing cool bling bling :) And speaking of bling, there is also a new library called clutter which is able to do some neat stuff on your screen. Check out the demos.
This is also a ten-year birthday for Gnome, which is nice. Gnome has definitely come a long way to be where it is today. And, as Jono Bacon said in his keynote speech, even if Gnome kind of competes with KDE, in the end it does not really matter which one wins or is more popular. We still have a Free Software desktop system, something which did not exist ten years ago.