Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux: System requirements

This knowledge base article lists the system requirements of the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux for Sophos Central, Sophos Enterprise Console and the standalone versions.

The following sections are covered:

Applies to the following Sophos products and versions

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 10

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 10 offers additional capabilities which include Malicious Traffic Detection and Sophos Security Heartbeat™ (applies to Central Server Protection license).

Here is the list of its minimum system requirements:

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9 is the only version available for the standalone and Enterprise Console-managed versions.

Here is the list of its minimum system requirements:

  • Supported Distributions (latest minor point or LTS version):
    • Amazon Linux, Amazon Linux 2
    • CentOS 6/7
    • Debian 9, 10
    • Oracle Linux 6/7
    • Red Hat Enterprise 6/7/8
      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 32-bit version supported until Nov 30th 2020
    • SUSE 12/15
    • Ubuntu 16/18 LTS
  • System type:x86_64
  • Free disk space: 1 GB
  • Free Memory: 1 GB
  • Stack sizes: Non-default stack sizes are not supported.
  • Language version: English and Japanese (EUC and UTF-8). Shift JIS and JIS are not supported.

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Sophos Antivirus for Linux: Limited Support for RHEL 6 during Extended Life Phase (Japan only)

Sophos plans to provide Limited Support for Sophos Antivirus for RHEL 6 during Red Hat’s Extended Life Phase (ELP), until June 30, 2024, on the following basis:

  • Limited Support for Sophos Antivirus for RHEL 6 is provided on the assumption that the customer subscribes to Red Hat’s Extended Life-cycle Support (ELS) Add-On to receive critical security fixes for the operating system through the Extended Life Phase (ELP)
  • Limited Support is subject to a valid subscription to a current Sophos Server Protection license and receipt by Sophos of a support extension fee.
  • Limited Support means that Sophos will continue to test and release new versions of the Virus Engine or Virus Data Library as part of the release calendar. Only critical product issues will be addressed, which may include hot fixes, vulnerabilities or improvements to protection, at Sophos’ discretion.
  • Limited Support will be provided for 64-bit platforms and the last minor point release of RHEL 6. Sophos will endeavor to provide support for other minor releases on a ‘commercially reasonable efforts’ basis, as follows:
    • Support for product configuration and usage questions will be provided by Sophos Technical Support.
    • Technical product issues will be investigated using Sophos’ existing maintenance process, on the basis that the issue can be replicated on the last minor release
    • If a reported product issue cannot be replicated on the last minor release, Sophos advises that such issues would fall outside the scope of support.
  • Limited Support for Sophos Antivirus on RHEL 6 does not include CentOS and Oracle Linux derivatives. See Retirement calendar for supported platforms and operating systems.
  • Sophos currently plans to provide Limited Support for Sophos Antivirus on RHEL 6 through Red Hat’s published Extended Life Phase (June 30, 2024). Sophos reserves the right to suspend, reduce or terminate Limited Support before this date for reasons including but not limited to changes in demand, security, and technology. For example, if Sophos discovers an issue that requires the third-party operating system provider to provide a fix and the third party does not provide such fix, or if Sophos determines that a product code change would be required to address an issue for the RHEL 6 operating system.

Limited Support Terms

RHEL 6 Limited Support. AVAILABLE IN JAPAN ONLY. Subject to receipt by Sophos of a support extension Fee (either directly or via an authorized reseller as applicable), Sophos agrees that it will continue to provide Limited Support on a technically and commercially reasonable endeavours basis for a version of Sophos Anti-Virus for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 on 64 bit platforms, beyond the published end of support date until the earlier of (i) the expiry of the support extension period stated in the relevant Schedule, or (ii) 30 June 2024. RHEL 6 Limited Support comprises regular updates to security data and periodic updates to the product engine only. Sophos reserves the right to suspend, reduce or terminate RHEL 6 Limited Support prior to such date for reasons including but not limited to changes in demand, security and technology, and if and to the extent that Sophos determines that a code change would be required to the Sophos Anti-Virus Product to address an issue for the RHEL 6 operating system.

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Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux: Support for minor releases of RHEL, CentOS and Oracle Linux

This article describes the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux support for minor releases of different Linux distributions.

Sophos uses commercially reasonable efforts, as described below, to support Sophos Antivirus for Linux on all minor point releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) while the corresponding major version is supported. This includes the CentOS and Oracle Linux derivatives of RHEL.

Sophos will test and support Sophos Antivirus on the current active minor release of RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux. When a new minor version is released by the operating system vendor, the previous minor version typically stops receiving important security updates. Sophos, therefore, recommends customers upgrade to the current active minor release as early as practicable.

To assist customers who are unable to upgrade their systems in line with RHEL minor releases, Sophos uses commercially reasonable efforts to support Sophos Antivirus on non-current minor releases of RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux, on the following basis:

  • Support for configuration and usage questions for Sophos Antivirus for Linux will be provided by Sophos Technical Support
  • Technical product issues will be investigated using Sophos’ existing maintenance process, on the basis that the issue can be replicated on the current active minor release
  • If a reported product issue cannot be replicated on the current active minor release, or in the event that a software update would be required to provide a resolution for a non-current minor release, Sophos advises that such issues may fall outside the scope of commercially reasonable efforts support
  • The corresponding major version must be supported by Sophos, excluding extended or limited support offerings

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