f-prot-autoupdate not working

Gerry Doris gerry at DORFAM.CA
Sat Jul 26 20:25:51 IST 2003

On Sat, 26 Jul 2003, Julian Field wrote:

> At 15:58 26/07/2003, you wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >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
> or
> 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.

F-Prot did the same thing about a week ago.  Several updates failed the
same way and then it started working.  I guess they finally fixed the
problem...but it's back again!


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