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:
The number of customers requiring Anti-Virus capabilities for legacy UNIX platforms continues to decline. Sophos plans to support the most popular UNIX 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. With the exception of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Sophos plans to support only 64-bit versions of Linux distributions going forward.
The Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux agent currently includes a large number of pre-compiled Talpa Binary Packs to 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.
We would also like to make you aware of recent enhancements to the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux offering:
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