MailScanner 4.77.1-2 Child silently dies

Mark Sapiro mark at
Mon May 11 19:20:27 IST 2009

I tried upgrading MailScanner 4.76.24-3 to 4.77.1-2. This resulted in
the child process silently dying on every message, even simple
text/plain messages.

The child starts a batch

May 11 09:35:22 sbh16 MailScanner[20257]: New Batch: Scanning 1
messages, 2984 bytes

and the next MailScanner log message is a new child starting

May 11 09:35:24 sbh16 MailScanner[20303]: MailScanner E-Mail Virus
Scanner version 4.77.1 starting...

Eventually, on restart we see for example

May 11 10:07:42 sbh16 MailScanner[21289]: Making attempt 6 at
processing message 1FFC16900C6.A2B03

and on the next restart

May 11 10:07:49 sbh16 MailScanner[21318]: Warning: skipping message
1FFC16900C6.A2B03 as it has been attempted too many times
May 11 10:07:49 sbh16 MailScanner[21318]: Quarantined message
1FFC16900C6.A2B03 as it caused MailScanner to crash several times
May 11 10:07:49 sbh16 MailScanner[21318]: Saved entire message to

MTA is Postfix.

Mark Sapiro <mark at>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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