Clarification on use of Sophos

Nick Phillips nwp at LEMON-COMPUTING.COM
Tue May 14 02:23:49 IST 2002

On Tue, May 14, 2002 at 09:11:50AM +1000, Brian Parish wrote:
> I have just installed MailScanner, so this is a question which can
> probably be handled by saying RTFM.  Anyway, can someone clarify for me
> the role that Sophos plays?  I suspect that without it, MailScanner can
> be configured to strip attachments that seem to be executables, vbs
> etc., but not to recognise virus signatures within these attachments.
> Is that correct? i.e. Is MailScanner alone an effective virus/worm
> control mechanism if all suspect attachment types are stripped?

It'll help, but you'd be better off with an anti-virus product of some
description. Doesn't have to be Sophos... there are quite a few we support
using now.

I would mention, though, that if you (or anyone else) has had good
experiences of an Open Source/Free AV system, I'd be interested to hear,
with a view to adding support for it.


Nick Phillips -- nwp at
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