f-prot-autoupdate not working

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sat Jul 26 16:12:20 IST 2003

At 15:58 26/07/2003, you wrote:
>Something seems wrong with the f-prot-autoupdate. All I get is

They have screwed up the signature checksums file. The checksum for
SIGN.DEF has had a "x" added at the front of it. This breaks the update
procedure as it thinks the checksum is wrong (which it is).

I can take 2 options:
1) Ignore the invalid checksum, thereby potentially installing a totally
broken SIGN.DEF file resulting in a complete failure of scanning
2) Refuse to install the downloaded SIGN.DEF file due to the bad checksum,
which means that the updates don't happen totally correctly until F-Prot
get their checksum file fixed.

Dangerously, in my opinion, F-Prot themselves take option 1.
I prefer to take option 2, as it fails a lot more gently. If they can make
a mistake in the checksums file, they can make mistakes in the SIGN.DEF
file. I don't want to completely break scanning due to a vendor screw-up.

I have submitted a tech support query raising this issue with F-Prot
already, hopefully they will fix it on Monday.

>FTP address for retrieving files is ftp://us-2.updates.f-prot.com/pub/
>F-Prot signature file update script
>There is a new version of SIGN.DEF, starting download.
>Download completed.
>Could not find correct version of SIGN.DEF, exiting,
>Did they screw something up?
>   JP

Julian Field
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