Founded in 2002, ClamAV is one of the most commonly-used open source antivirus and antimalware products in the world. Nearly one million unique IP addresses download ClamAV updates daily from 120 mirror servers located in 38 countries. Renowned for its speed and accuracy, ClamAV has been adopted by network security solution and service providers worldwide and is currently integrated within leading enterprise solutions, including Unified Threat Management Systems (UTM), Secure Web Gateways and Secure Mail Gateways, to identify deeply embedded threats such as viruses, trojans, spyware, and other forms of malware.
Like Snort® (the open source intrusion prevention and detection technology created by Sourcefire®), ClamAV’s cutting edge security technology is a triumph of the open source model. In addition to continual innovations to the ClamAV antivirus engine, the ClamAV core team and ClamAV community deliver daily signature updates to its ever-growing virus database of over 300,000 signatures.
High Performance Antivirus Protection
ClamAV's open source antivirus delivers quality and coverage comparable to leading commercial antivirus solutions. At LinuxWorld 2007, the live “Fight Club” event, conducted by network gateway vendor Untangle, pitted 10 industry-leading antivirus solutions against each other to see which products could detect all 25 viruses in the test. ClamAV detected 100% of the viruses encountered – one of only three antivirus products to catch all 25 viruses.
A Strong Foundation in Open Source Innovation
The Sourcefire acquisition of ClamAV reflects its ongoing commitment to the open source community. Sourcefire develops and offers ClamAV as an open source (GPL) solution, providing the best of both worlds by infusing the project with the substantial resources of a commercial enterprise while upholding the values of the open source security community.
The ClamAV Engine
Sourcefire brings together two of the security industry’s most widely-adopted open source projects: Snort and ClamAV. ClamAV enhances Sourcefire’s ability to deliver industry-leading protection from a wide range of threats – from viruses, Trojans, and spyware, to other forms of malware. ClamAV also includes anti-phishing technology.
The ClamAV signature database, updated multiple times a day, currently contains more than 300,000 signatures, including generic signatures that are able to detect new variants at a very high rate of detection.
Sourcefire’s enduring commitment and support of the open source security community is reflected in its ongoing investment in technologies such as Snort and ClamAV. The company will continue to enhance ClamAV for open source use and incorporation in Sourcefire commercial solutions – benefiting both the open source community as well as Sourcefire customers.