Problem with Mailscanner marking everything as a virus after ClamAV fails update.

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Jun 16 13:57:06 IST 2009

On 16/06/2009 13:42, Zate Berg wrote:
> This has happened multiple times.
> ClamAV freshclam fails for what ever reason (usually the mirror(s) are 
> down, i use the US mirrors), when this happens, ClamD "hangs" and 
> MailScanner or ClamD identifies the messages sent to ClamD as a Dos 
> and marks them all as a Virus in MailScanner.
MailScanner should lock out the ClamAV virus scanner while it is being 
updated if you are using my update_virus_scanners program every hour to 
do the update. If you are calling freshclam yourself somehow, then I 
can't help you.
> so, how do I tell MailScanner to NOT quarantine these  "DoS" messages, 
> or in fact to just skip scanning and alert me... i really need this to 
> fail open rather than fail closed and mark everything as a virus.
How are you doing the updates?


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