[Mimedefang] MIMEDefang 2.3 BETA 4 is out -- major virus-scanning rework

David F. Skoll dfs at roaringpenguin.com
Tue Jan 15 16:42:45 EST 2002


Beta 4 is at

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed virus-scanner exit codes.  I have
reworked the virus-scanning code.  THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES; do not
upgrade on a production system without reading this:

- There are no more generic entity_contains_virus() and
message_contains_virus() functions.  You have to use the specific
ones for your virus scanner (eg entity_contains_virus_nai, etc.)

- You should now call the *_contains_virus_* functions in list context.
Do something like this:

($code, $category, $recommended_action) = message_contains_virus_nai();

$code is set to the actual exit code of the virus scanner.

$category is set to one of the following strings:
	"ok"		 - No viruses detected
	"not-installed"  - The specified virus scanner is not installed
	"cannot-execute" - For some reason, the scanner could not be executed
	"virus"          - A virus or suspicious file was found
	"interrupted"    - Virus scanning did not complete
	"swerr"          - Some other internal software error

$recommended_action is set to one of the following strings:
	"ok"		- Allow part/message through
	"quarantine"	- Quarantine the part: Virus was found
	"tempfail"	- Send an SMTP temporary failure code

New actions:

	action_tempfail() - Send an SMTP temporary failure code

	action_quarantine_entire_message() - Copy the entire message
	to the quarantine directory, but do not otherwise affect
	message disposition.

Example virus-scanning filter (NOT TESTED!!  May not even be syntactically
correct!)  Not optimized for efficiency!

sub filter_begin {
	my($code, $category, $action) = message_contains_virus_nai();
	if ($action eq "tempfail") {

sub filter {
	my($entity, $fname, $ext, $type) = @_;
	my($code, $category, $action) = entity_contains_virus_nai($entity);
	if ($action eq "tempfail") {
	if ($action eq "quarantine") {
		action_quarantine($entity, "Found a virus");

	# ... blah blah rest of filter



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