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Re: Does email server OS needs clamav?

On Mon, 07 Dec 2009 22:13:17 +0700, Sthu Deus wrote:

> Thank You for Your time and answer, Camaleón:
>> I think ClamAV should run as "clamav" user, not "root" and the same
>> remains for many other services that use their own user.
> I think the same. But! In Debian all/most the mail-related services are
> run under the root user... I was asking here how I can change it - seems
> nobody cares for it...

Dunno for sure for ClamAV, but many of the other server services run as 
dedicated users (for instance, Cyrus, Spamassassin, Postfix...).

In fact, one of the things surprised me after arriving to Debian was 
seeing that each user has its own group. So user "user1" also pertains to 
group "user1" and not to the whole group of "users". That behavior does 
not happen in other distributions.
>> Of course, your linux server does not need an antivirus to protect
>> itself, but to prevent your users to be infected. And remember that by
>> centralizing the anti-malware checking in one point (your e-mail
>> server) you are saving not just resources, but time and money to your
>> company.
> Well. They still need to have antivirus software as they use internet...

Sure! And some users even make use of more than one AV, just to be sure. 
I.e., they have installed one AV in their systems but also perform a file 
checking using an online AV.

The point is that by using an e-mail server AV solution, you are avoiding 
a high percentage of infections to reach the end-user. And not only 
viruses, but just spam and other malware if you setup Amavisd-new and SA.



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