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Old 01-22-2009, 11:11 AM   #1
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Anti-Virus Scan (avscan) update


Folks,

I can run avscan* from a user terminal and scan a file, file(s) and directories. However I can not run the update function.

When I click on the GUI's update button I get the following error message: -
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"You may not be able to update the virus database because the virus database update program:

/usr/bin/freshclam

Is not set SETUID and you are not the owner of it. Do you want to try and update the virus database anyway?"
Needless to say, clicking yes doesn't help.

Any suggestions?

* as far as I can tell avscan is just a GUI front end for clamav and freshclam.


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Old 01-22-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Have you tried editing the menu icon to make it 'run as' root?
 
Old 01-22-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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avscan update (via freshclam) now works

I have managed to fix the update error by logging in as root and changing the files permissions as follows: -

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chmod u+s /usr/bin/freshclam
The tool now work fine for standard users.

Thanks,
Steve-a-reno
 
Old 01-27-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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freshclam package update (breaks avscan update function)

I just recently loaded a later freshclam package as a more recent version just became available through the repositories however I noticed that as a result it breaks the avscan update function. Of course I can easily fix it by manually reapplying the followign command
Quote:
chmod u+s /usr/bin/freshclam
Is there a reason that they project owners distribute the /usr/bin/freshclam file without the setuserid bit set and if so why dont they automatically apply the chmod command as part of the package update process (or is there a good security reason not to do this)?

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