greyhair at GREYHAIR.NET
Mon Aug 2 06:11:46 IST 2004
Read the license agreements carefully for the product you think is
correct for your application. Res' point is a good one that could
lead to a bad situation... your are only scanning a file, you use a
3rd party program to automate the process (MailScanner). You are
not relying on (trusting?) the AntiVirus vendor to "real time" scan
the emails (also files).
If it is not clearly stated in the license agreement that 3rd party
programs to automate the scan process are forbidden then you have a
leg to stand on in court. The problem is that it is VERY expensive
to go to court.
My advice is talk to the AntiVirus vendors and ask them if it is ok
to use a MailScanner to invoke the command line scanner to reduce
overall operation cost.
It all comes down to what you feel is ethical, moral and just.
Install it anyway! What would it hurt... it is FREE. I do
understand your position. I, you and most of this mailing list
understands that ClamAV is a superior piece of software. How do you
explain Free software to someone who learned the economic principle
"nothing is free.."?
You cant just say to the customer or boss," You are an uninformed
idiot, let me do my job," without putting your paycheck in jeopardy!
> Hi all,
> It has been covered before but no fool-proof answers have been given (and
> is not likely to happen). I've been contacting almost all of the supported
> anti-virus companies and asked them if i could use their command line
> version to scan mail. I didn't mention mailscanner. The overall answer
> was no you can't, you need the virusscanner for mailservers,.....
> My statement is:
> Mailscanner is handling the task of fetching the mails, strip off the
> attachment and scan it with an external virusscanner.
> An anti-virus package for mailservers is made to do this too. Fetch the
> mails, strip off the attachment and scan it.
> Since Mailscanner is overlapping the functions of the anti-virusscanner for
> mailservers the only thing that needs to be done at the end is to scan a
> plain file!
> Something command-line filescanners are licensed to do!
> What is your opinion about this? Is there someone who has more
> knowledge/experience about this? Any legal advice ?
> Thanks in advance
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