Wednesday, February 4, 2004

More security for Linux Operating Systems with Dazuko

Tettnang, 4 February 2004 - The "dazuko" kernel module, developed by the open source community together with the german security specialists H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH, is now available for the FreeBSD high-end opererating system. With help from this module, on-access virus scanners as well as other 3rd-party security tools can be integrated with Linux and now FreeBSD.

After 8 months of intense development by John Ogness (the technical "father" of the Dazuko project) comes the release of version 2.0.0 of Dazuko, which led to the world's first "virus guard" for the Unix-derived FreeBSD. This big step was made possible by the assistance of the open source community. In particular, the extended test phase and the many pre-releases contributed substantially to a short development time measured against the maturity of the code.

The kernel module from H+BEDV was originally a "plug-in" for the AntiVir for Linux Server product and provided effective protection for Linux-based files since 2002. With version 2.0.0 is the Dazuko interface for any 3rd-party security and monitoring appliation available. This gives Dazuko the chance to become a universal interface for the entire Linux community.

As an example, the kernel module could be used in conjunction with security tools to determine statistics about files being accessed or protecting data on the hard drive. With each accessed file comes various file information (for example, type of access, process ID, user ID, etc). This information is delivered to a 3rd-party application for investigation. Depending on the results determined by the application, the file access can be allowed or denied.

The Dazuko project is available for both Linux users and developers. Aside from the possibility of becoming a standard interface for 3rd-party file access control, this project furthers the robustness and security of Linux systems. Although H+BEDV will be leading the project and will continue producing their own commercial software, Dazuko is Free Software and is not subject to ownership of any single entity. Rather, each organization has the freedom to develop their own Dazuko-based products for Linux and FreeBSD.

Development Timeline:

5 Feb 2002: first release of Dazuko with version 1.0.0 as open source (GPL)
28 Feb 2002: release of version 1.0.1 with an interface available in C
8 Jan 2003: release of 1.1.2, developed entirely by the open source community - RedHat support (with hidden system calls), devfs support
5 May 2003: release of 1.2.0 with cascading making it possible for multiple virus scanners (or other applications), interface in Java made available, interface moved a BSD license
18 Sep 2003: release of 1.2.2 with thread-safe interface and a configure script for easy installation
4 Feb 2003: release of 2.0.0 with abstraction layer for easy porting to other systems, full FreeBSD support, more file access events and file access information, revision of internal structurs, new design for better extendability and improved stability

About H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH

H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH has been a specialized manufacturer of cross-system business security solutions since 1988. Its clients include leading national and international enterprises, both for-profit and non-profit, as well as various educational institutions and public entities.

H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH's core objective is to continuously close security gaps in its customers' business-critical applications and thereby secure the value chain.

In addition to its extensive product portfolio for Microsoft Windows systems, the company is a growing technological leader in the growth market for Linux operating systems. H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH already offers high-performance solutions for file servers, Web servers, mail servers and workstations.

In 2004, the AntiVir scanner was again awarded the Virus Bulletin 100% Award. In addition, it is currently certified by the German quality assurance authority TÜV.

In addition to its own distribution channels, H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH has a comprehensive network of resellers in Europe and throughout the world. Furthermore, the company also works closely with the German federal agency for security in information technology (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI).

For more information about H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH and AntiVir®, visit: www.hbedv.com

Press contact details

For more information and photographic material, please contact:
H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH
Reinhold Hammer
Lindauer Straße 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Tel.: +49 (0) 7542 – 500 0
Fax: +49 (0) 7542 – 525 10
Email: rhammer@antivir.de
www.antivir.de

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.