Do I need anti-virus software on my Linux server?

The Eclipse database server runs the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, not Microsoft Windows, the common target of virus attacks. As explained in this Red Hat knowledge base article, Red Hat does not consider viruses a threat to their Linux operating system. Rather than installing anti-virus software, Red Hat suggests implementing standard UNIX security “best practices” to secure the server, which Eclipse implements when configuring your Linux server. We also encourage our customers to enforce strong user password policies and keep their servers behind a firewall.

If your company’s security policies mandate the presence of additional anti-virus software, even on a Linux server, we recommend installing the free, open-source ClamAV software. If you choose to install anti-virus software, our standard 3rd party software policy applies: you are welcome to install and operate 3rd party software on the Eclipse server, but Eclipse will not certify or provide technical support for any of these software products, so you must obtain technical support from the vendor or elsewhere.