In another sign of the security threats facing open source software, IT security firm Kaspersky Lab has released the beta version of its anti-virus software for Linux.

Officially named Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Linux File Server 6.0, the new anti-virus solution will address security issues passing through Linux file servers, according to the company, before infiltrating other components of a heterogeneous networks, such as Windows workstations.

The company said there has been an increase of threats found in Linux systems over the years, even though Linux systems are renowned for their reliability.

The new anti-virus' architecture, Kaspersky Lab explained, will provide multi-layer protection simultaneously on the entire file system and on Samba server levels. A web management console comes on-board, providing remote full-scale management capabilities, the company added.

"[The new solution] supports all modern 32-bit and 64-bit distributions of Linux-family operating systems, including Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE, openSUSE, Debian GNU, and Ubuntu," the vendor said. "There is also added support of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 and Novell NSS, making it easier for Novell NetWare users to migrate to the new operating system."

Interested parties can beta-test the new software at Kaspersky's official website.