Bitdefender AntiSpam: worth a try?

Denis Beauchemin Denis.Beauchemin at
Mon Nov 15 21:08:02 GMT 2010

Le 2010-11-15 15:50, Kevin Miller a écrit :
> Taking just a quick glance at it, I see it runs as a milter in 
> Sendmail.  As such, it would be called before MailScanner so 
> integration wouldn't make sense in that case.  I'm not sure about the 
> other MTA configurations, since I'm not running them and didn't look.
> Are you just trying to use the antivirus part?  If it has a command 
> line option then it could probably be integrated using the custom 
> scanner featrue in MailScanner.  But it looks like it's trying to be a 
> full featured anti-spam/anti-virus package.  I.e., it's more a 
> replacement for MailScanner rather than an augmentation to it.
> Again though, my thoughts are based on a 5 minute glance at the web 
> page, so I could be missing the bigger picture...
> ...Kevin
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> *From:* mailscanner-bounces at 
> [mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] *On Behalf Of 
> *Dave Jones
> *Sent:* Monday, November 15, 2010 11:17 AM
> *To:* mailscanner at
> *Subject:* Bitdefender AntiSpam: worth a try?
> >Hi,
> >
> >It looks like Bitdefender just released a free AntiSpam engine for mail
> >servers (Linux-based):
> >
> >
> >Anyone tried it yet? If so, could it complement MailScanner?
> >
> >Thanks!
> >
> >Denis
> I downloaded and installed it but MailScanner doesn't seem to support
> this version yet in the virus.scanners.conf and the wrapper script.
> It seems to have some potential goodness since it runs as a daemon.
> I am using an old version of McAffee that is End-Of-Life on Dec 31 2010.
> It's terrible taking 3-6 seconds to start and load defs for each batch.
> Dave

I've looked at the docs and it really looks like a MS replacement 
without the antivirus part. They left it out of their free offering.

They have an interesting twist on phishing and malware detection: they 
push definitions based on user feedback (a la sa-learn --ham/spam). They 
collect those submissions from all participating clients. The 
definitions are screened by humans (so they say) before being pushed to 
all customers.

It may be a replacement for Barricade/MX. We'll be evaluating it as such.


Denis Beauchemin, analyste
Université de Sherbrooke, S.T.I.
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