Macintosh compression formats

Michael Chaney mdchaney at MICHAELCHANEY.COM
Sat Dec 29 21:09:30 GMT 2001

On Sat, Dec 29, 2001 at 10:26:04PM +0200, Hans Vallden wrote:
> A quick look indicates that none of the MailScanner supported virus
> checkers (Sophos, McAffee) support checking the compressed formats
> most often used on Macs. I'm mainly talking about StuffIt (.sit,
> .sea) compressed archives and BinHex encoding (.hqx).
> Is this true? If so, are there any workarounds to this rather
> significant problem (if you happen to have a lot of Macs to worry
> about)?

Shouldn't be a problem if you use the macutil package.  It can unpack
the above formats, making it possible for the virus scanner to read
them.  I would also bet that it's possible to do it straight in Perl
using a package, might check cpan.

Michael Darrin Chaney
mdchaney at

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