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clamconf is a tool ClamAV provides for checking your entire system configuration, as it relates to your ClamAV installation. When run, it displays values used when configuring ClamAV at compilation time, important OS details, the contents (and validity) of both
freshclam.conf, along with other important engine, database, platform, and build information.
clamconf, and see all the information it provides, simply run the following command:
For more detailed information on
$ man clamconf
$ clamconf --help
Currently, ClamAV requires users to edit their
clamd.conf.example file before they can run the daemon. At a bare minimum, users will need to comment out the line that reads “Example”, else
clamd will consider the configuration invalid, ala:
7 # Comment or remove the line below. 8 #Example
You will also need to rename
$ mv ./clamd.conf.example ./clamd.conf
If you are setting up a simple, local
clamd instance then some other configuration options of interests to you will be as follows:
91 # Path to a local socket file the daemon will listen on. 92 # Default: disabled (must be specified by a user) 93 LocalSocket /tmp/clamd.socket ... 99 # Sets the permissions on the unix socket to the specified mode. 100 # Default: disabled (socket is world accessible) 101 LocalSocketMode 660
clamd.conf is well commented and configuration should be straightforward.
If needed, you can find out even more about the formatting and options available in
clamd.conf with the command:
You can configure On-Access Scanning through
clamd.conf. Configuration for On-Access Scanning starts at line 613 in
Please read the on-access section of the Usage manual for further details on using On-Access Scanning.
freshclam is the automatic database update tool for Clam AntiVirus. It can be configured to work in two modes:
freshclam is an advanced tool: it supports scripted updates (instead of transferring the whole CVD file at each update it only transfers the differences between the latest and the current database via a special script), database version checks through DNS, proxy servers (with authentication), digital signatures and various error scenarios.
Quick test: run freshclam (as superuser) with no parameters and check the output.
If everything is OK you may create the log file in /var/log (ensure the directory is owned either by clamav or whichever user
freshclam will be running as):
# touch /var/log/freshclam.log # chmod 600 /var/log/freshclam.log # chown clamav /var/log/freshclam.log
Now you should edit the configuration file
freshclam.conf and point the UpdateLogFile directive to the log file. Finally, to run
freshclam in the daemon mode, execute:
# freshclam -d
The other way is to use the cron daemon. You have to add the following line to the crontab of root or clamav user:
N * * * * /usr/local/bin/freshclam --quiet
to check for a new database every hour. N should be a number between 3 and 57 of your choice. Please don’t choose any multiple of 10, because there are already too many clients using those time slots. Proxy settings are only configurable via the configuration file and
freshclam will require strict permission settings for the config file when
HTTPProxyPassword is turned on.
HTTPProxyServer myproxyserver.com HTTPProxyPort 1234 HTTPProxyUsername myusername HTTPProxyPassword mypass
ClamAV includes a mail filtering tool called
clamav-milter. This tool interfaces directly with
clamd, and thus requires a working
clamd instance to run. However,
clamav-milter’s configuration and log files are separate from that of
Ensuring ClamAV compiles with
clamav-milter must be done at configure time with the command:
$ ./configure [options] --enable-milter
This requires having the milter library installed on your system. If libmilter is not installed,
./configure will exit with this error message:
checking for mi_stop in -lmilter... no configure: error: Cannot find libmilter
While not necessarily complicated, setting up the
clamav-milter is an involved process. Thus, we recommend consulting your MTA’s manual on how to best connect ClamAV with the