The latest in rarities is Windows Defender on Linux, yes, this is not a joke. We are not kidding you. But a Google engineer named Tavis Ormandy, who works at the search engine giant as a security expert, has created a version of Windows Defender capable of running on Linux. Specifically, what it has done is port the Microsoft malware protection engine to Linux.
To achieve this, the engineer has used Loadlibrary, a tool created by himself that allows loading Windows DLLs on Linux. And this surely reminds us of the Wine project, the famous compatibility layer that allows you to run native Windows software on the penguin platform. What has been achieved by Tavis is striking, but remains an anecdote, since the utility is null for users.
The only utility for Google is perform fuzzing techniques forIn order to remove some bugs and vulnerabilities to the software running it on Linux. That is why this feat by Ormandy, that what he is looking for is to try to obtain flaws in the security of Windows Defender that can be exploited. So what looked like a new antivirus for Linux is not. And the truth is that we would not want it if it were so ... we could get little use out of it more than analyzing it as they do.
Another important thing that leaves the background of the news is the powerful tool that the engineer of Google, Loadlibrary, which could help open source projects like Wine in the future to load Microsoft dynamic libraries, the famous DLLs, on Linux / Unix or to improve other projects like the famous ReactOS operating system that also seeks to create an open source Windows clone where to run software intended for the Microsoft system ...