Announced 30 June 2017 - As part of Sophos’ ongoing product lifecycle review process, we plan to update the platforms that are supported by the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux and UNIX offerings. The changes are designed to enable Sophos to provide the strongest protection for the most popular platforms, and will affect the following:
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Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Central Managed Threat Response [MTR] for Linux
The number of customers requiring Anti-Virus capabilities for legacy UNIX platforms continues to decline. Sophos plans to support the most popular platforms going forward, and plans to retire support for HP-UX.
The latest versions of many popular Linux distributions are now only available for 64-bit platforms. After June 30, 2018, with the exception of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux will support 64-bit versions of Linux distributions only.
Update July 1, 2018: In line with previous communications, Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux now supports 64-bit platforms only, with the exception of Red Hat Enterprise 6.
The Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux agent currently includes a large number of pre-compiled Talpa Binary Packs for on-access scanning, many of which are for very old and deprecated kernel versions. Most customers use newer kernels in order to benefit from kernel enhancements and improved security, therefore Sophos plans to reduce the number of pre-compiled Talpa Binary Packs that are provided with the product.
Talpa on-access scanning continues to be fully supported on Linux distributions and kernels for which Sophos provides a pre-compiled Talpa Binary Pack, and platforms on which local compilation of Talpa is possible. Customers using kernels for which Sophos does not provide a pre-compiled Talpa Binary Pack, and who cannot compile Talpa locally, can contact Sophos Support to discuss possible alternative approaches to enable on-access scanning.
Sophos will continue to offer and support the standalone version of Sophos Anti-Virus for UNIX, however the ability to manage SAV for UNIX using the Sophos Enterprise Console will be discontinued.
If you have questions about these changes, please use the Sophos Server Protection Community Forum. If you have suggestions on how Sophos could improve its offerings for Linux servers, please Suggest an Idea on the Sophos Ideas website.
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