VirusScan Enterprise for Linux (VSEL) detects and removes viruses and other potentially unwanted software on Linux-based systems. VirusScan Enterprise for Linux uses a web browser interface and a powerful McAfee scanning engine — the engine common to all our antivirus products. A few years ago, the Linux operating system was considered a secure environment, but there are now more occurrences of software specifically written to attack or exploit security weaknesses in Linux-based systems. Increasingly, these systems interact with Windows-based computers. Although viruses written to attack Windows-based systems do not directly attack Linux systems, a Linux server can harbor these viruses, ready to infect any client that connects to it.
During the installation of this McAfee endpoint suite, the VirusScan Enterprise for Linux client and associated management files were checked into your McAfee ePO server. A deployment task was automatically created for you as well.
The McAfee Agent for Linux
Before you can utilize VSEL, you will need to deploy the McAfee Agent for Linux to provide communication with the McAfee ePO server. On most Linux systems, the agent can be installed manually using an installation script (install.sh) that McAfee ePO created when the agent was checked into the McAfee ePO Master Repository. The agent can also be installed from McAfee ePO on Red Hat Enterprise and Ubuntu client systems. Once the agent is in place on client systems, you can run the deployment task to install the software, and schedule updates and scans.
Manual Installation of the McAfee Agent
The install script (install.sh) for the McAfee Agent for Macintosh is in the following directory on the McAfee ePO server:
McAfee Agent Deployment
The following operating systems support installing the agent from McAfee ePO:
Note: Enable SSH on the Linux systems before installing agent from McAfee ePO.
*** Comment the following line in the /etc/sudoers file on Red Hat operating systems. Default required
Deploying VirusScan Enterprise for Linux
In this section you will assign the deployment task for VirusScan for Linux.
Clients will retrieve and run this task the next time they poll the server and install VirusScan Enterprise for Linux.