New F-Prot

Julian Field mailscanner at
Mon Jun 2 17:17:45 IST 2003

At 16:58 02/06/2003, you wrote:
>Its good to see that they've kept the personal version free for 'personal
>workstations' ( a bit of a grey area that since my personal workstation at
>home happens to also be a proxy server, file server, print server, web
>server for my home network!)
>Their mail solution seems a bit pricy at $1920 (based on 500 users) for
>something that seems to be a script which hooks into procmail.
>They also appear to be offering a .so file with the server version - I
>wonder if we'll see a perl wrapper API for that (like with SophosSavi)?

The .so file is actually only a frontend for open() and a couple of other
calls. It catches these calls and connects to the scanning *daemon* to ask
it to do the scanning, before falling into the standard system open() call.
It isn't actually the same thing as SophosSAVI at all. I hoped it would be
like SophosSAVI, but I read the docs half an hour ago and it's no help at
all. Might as well call the daemon myself.

> > At 16:29 02/06/2003, you wrote:
> > >Well, the new F-Prot line-up is up on
> > >
> > >Question is, which one to use with Mailscanner? The AV for
> > Mail Servers
> > >seems to be overkill with its own daemon. The workstation
> > version at $29
> > >seems to be sufficient!
> >
> >  From what I can see the only functionality you need is
> > provided by the
> > workstation edition.
> >
> > Can someone extract a copy of the licence from them and mail
> > it to me, so I
> > can whether they have anything to say on the subject of scanning mail
> > attachments with it.
> > --
> > Julian Field
> >
> > MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support
> >
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