Sophos updates

hermit921 hermit921 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 2 21:56:42 GMT 2003

At 01:27 PM 12/2/2003, Jason Balicki wrote:
> >Does the automatic Sophos updating process installed with MailScanner
> >include engine updates or just new virus signatures?
>MailScanner only updates the ide files.  You can use a script
>called MajorSophos to download the engine, then run the
>Sophos.install script included with MS.  I run it all from
>cron on a monthly basis.
> >The mail logs show new Sophos ide files every hour on most
> >days.  Are virus
> >signatures updated that often or is this an artifact of the
> >update script?
>In my experience, Sophos updates frequently, but to answer the
>question I think you're asking:  no, it's probably not Sophos
>updating every hour.  The autoupdate script does check every
>hour, and AFAIK, it reports a sucessful update wether you needed
>the update or not -- that's what you're seeing in your logs.
>You can find MajorSophos here:

I see a new file ( in /usr/local/Sophos/ide each time I check,
not just the log entry.  If the updates are really new files, that implies
MailScanner is downloading new files every hour whether virus data is new
or not.


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