Ubuntu – the Ubuntu “built in virus protection”


At ubuntu.com there is this "only in ubuntu" that says "Built in virus protection":enter image description here

What is the Ubuntu built it protection? What is the program in charge of this and how does it work?

Best Answer

"Built-in virus protection" is a simplification of the security features of Ubuntu.

  • Ubuntu requires applications to be run as super-user to cause any damage. It also includes AppArmor to supplement that.

  • There is also the safe and secure repository model which gives you access to thousands of applications through the Software Center which are tested by package maintainers.

  • Since it is free software more people have access to the source code and according to Linus's law: "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow", which means that

    Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix will be obvious to someone.

  • The security exploits are quickly patched up and delivered to you through the Update Manager.