Correcting mailscanner-mrtg output

Gerry Doris gdoris at ROGERS.COM
Sat Nov 29 19:50:51 GMT 2003

On Sat, 29 Nov 2003, Kevin Spicer wrote:
> Gerry, MSMRTG pulls this information directly from the log lines which
> read 'Virus Scanning: Found 1 viruses'  (using the number given).  As
> far as I can tell (and a quick test with Clam, FProt and the
> file supports this) MailScanner logs only one virus if two scanners
> detect it.
> However, if you are using v0.05 (or maybe even an older version - I
> haven't checked) of MSMRTG then the regular expression looks for viruses
> or problems.  In other words the total includes any emails you may have
> blocked or modified because they contained suspect content (i.e. forms,
> iframes, object codebase).
> If this is what you are seeing then you should upgrade to the latest
> version.  In 0.06 the total is plotted as the blue are on the graph and
> the number of actual detected viruses is plotted as a yellow line on top
> of that.  (0.06 is also much quicker, as it only parses each logfile
> once - and only the bit written since last time it ran - rather than the
> entire log 4 times every 5 minutes)

I'm using version 0.06-3.  Perhaps I've been reading this incorrectly.  I
sent a virus through and the blue shows a total of four.  I'm assuming
that is one for each of F-Prot, ClamAV, Trend and MailScanner (upset at
the executable).  I do see a yellow line at one which from your
description is correctly showing a single virus.


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