OT: Virus Scanners

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Thu Dec 14 16:49:10 GMT 2006

Douglas Ward spake the following on 12/13/2006 4:56 PM:
> I have been running
> BitDefender-postfix-1.6.2-1.linux-gcc3x.i586.rpm.run.  Is the
> BitDefender-Console the newer version?  Does anyone know if it installs
> over the top of the old installation?
The BitDefender version, like any other viruscanner with mailscanner, should
be the command line version. Most of the mail-based virus scanners use some
form of direct hook into the MTA that will bypass mailscanner.
Mailscanner unpacks a batch of messages into a temp directory, then calls the
command-line scanners over that temp directory, watching the output of the
scanners, and translating that back to its own use. That is usually more
efficient than the virus scanners piping each message one at a time through
their engine.
The last free commandline version of BitDefender that was available was
BitDefender-Console-Antivirus-7.1-3.linux-gcc3x.i386.run. There is also an rpm
and a deb package.

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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