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Antivirus for Rocky Linux? Yes!

Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install two antivirus for Rocky Linux. Is it necessary? Probably not, but it is always better to be forewarned.

Rocky Linux 9 and all other Linux distributions are quite secure, but there are many malicious attackers out there who want to breach our systems. With some efficient security policies, it is possible to mitigate these risks.

Other people prefer to install an antivirus for Linux to avoid further complications and to be a little more secure.

Let’s go for it.

Antivirus for Rocky Linux: ClamAV

ClamAV is a veteran open source antivirus for Linux. It is practically one of the few options where the most committed open-source users can trust.

It is present in many Linux distributions whose users are looking for a little more security. Furthermore, it is frequently updated and has an ideal terminal interface in numerous instances.

So, open a terminal or connect via SSH and update the system completely:

sudo dnf update

The next step is to enable the EPEL repository. This is simple, you just have to run this command.

sudo dnf install

Next, you can install ClamAV:

sudo dnf install clamav clamd clamav-update
Install ClamAV: Antivirus for Rocky Linux
Install ClamAV: Antivirus for Rocky Linux

Create a group called clamav and add a new user to this group. That user will be the one who will use ClamAV for its operations.

sudo groupadd clamav
sudo useradd -g clamav -s /bin/false clamav

If you use SELinux, set the rule for ClamAV to work.

sudo setsebool -P antivirus_can_scan_system 1

Next, update the virus database

sudo freshclam
Using ClamAV on Linux
Using ClamAV on Linux

And start the clamav-freshclam service to always have the definitions up to date.

sudo systemctl start clamav-freshclam

Now you can use it without any problems.

RootkitHunter on Rocky Linux 9

RootkitHunter is an open-source tool that scans any rootkit, backdoor, and any other local exploits.

Therefore, it is a critical tool to consider in Rocky Linux. It is usually combined with ClamAV to cover your back.

To install it, we must first download it

Download RootkitHunter on Linux
Download RootkitHunter on Linux

Then, unzip it and access the generated folder

tar -xvf rkhunter-1.4.6.tar.gz
cd rkhunter-1.4.6

Inside it, there is the installation script that you have to execute

sudo ./ --install
Install RootkitHunter on Rocky Linux. Another Antivirus
Install RootkitHunter on Rocky Linux. Another Antivirus

The next step is to update the database definitions

sudo rkhunter --update
sudo rkhunter --propupd
Update RootkitHunter
Update RootkitHunter

Now all that is left to do is to use it.


Rocky Linux 9 is a secure system, but it would not be unreasonable to add tools to increase its security.


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