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Red Hat Announces General Availability of Malware Detection Service

Red Hat announced on Tuesday the general availability of a malware detection service for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems.

Red Hat announced on Tuesday the general availability of a malware detection service for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems.

The Insights service, created in partnership with IBM X-Force, scans RHEL systems for malware using a database of more than 180 signatures associated with known Linux malware. Users can obtain aggregated results for all their systems or results for individual system scans.

RHEL 8 and 9 hosts are supported. Scans can be run manually, but they can also be scheduled or automated.

Red Hat told customers that scans will likely result in no detections in most cases. When malware is detected on a system, the user is provided information on the type of threat and a link to an IBM X-Force analysis report for more details.

Red Hat malware scanning

A getting started guide for the malware detection service is available for RHEL customers.

While Linux malware is not as widespread as Windows malware, Linux users should not ignore the threat posed by malware. New Linux malware families continue to emerge and they appear to be increasingly sophisticated. Examples of malware discovered in the past year include Symbiote, Shikitega, Bvp47 and Lightning Framework.

Related: How Linux Became the New Bullseye for Bad Guys

Related: The Drovorub Mystery: Malware NSA Warned About Can’t Be Found

Related: CISA Tells Organizations to Patch Linux Kernel Vulnerability Exploited by Malware

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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