Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux/UNIX version 9: Overview

  • Article ID: 118223
  • Updated: 15 Nov 2012

This article provides an overview of:

  • The features available in Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux & UNIX, version 9.
  • Information on how to upgrade.

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)

Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9.0.0
Beta Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux/Unix v9.0

Operating systems


Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux and UNIX version 9 contains several major new features:

How to upgrade

To upgrade to version 9, please follow these steps:

Option 1 - Endpoints managed by Sophos Enterprise Console

To centrally upgrade all endpoints to version 9:

  1. Open Sophos Enterprise Console and select 'Update Managers'.
  2. Create a new subscription or edit your existing subscription.  
  3. Set the package version for your managed Linux/UNIX computers to '9 recommended'.

If you have updated an existing subscription, no further action is required. The version 9 package will overwrite the existing package and your endpoints will update automatically. 

If you have created a new subscription, you must follow these additional steps:

  1. Right-click on the required update manager and select 'View/Edit Update Manager details'.
  2. Go to the 'Subscriptions' tab.
  3. Assign your newly created subscription to the update manager and click OK.
  4. Return to the 'Endpoints' view in Sophos Enterprise Console.
  5. Edit your existing Updating policy for Linux/UNIX endpoints.
  6. Go to the 'Subscriptions' tab.
  7. Select the new subscription from the drop-down list and click OK.
  8. This policy will be automatically applied to any endpoints already using it. You can also manually apply the policy to any other group

Option 2 - Standalone Linux/UNIX computers

To upgrade your existing standalone installation:

  1. Download the Sophos Anti-Virus v 9 installer from (a MySophos account is required).
  2. Extract the installer and run the script as per a normal installation.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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