Integrating a realtime antivirus scanner with Samba


Article from Issue 73/2006

Realtime virus scanning at the file server is an elegant and efficient option for protecting Windows clients. We’ll show you some tools and techniques for realtime scanning with Samba.

A Samba file server on a heterogeneous network often stores files for a third party system called Windows that is prone to problems with viruses. Although most admins know it is a good idea to scan the files for malware, most configurations that scan the file server operate cyclically. Realtime scanners take a more elegant approach, cutting in whenever a file operation occurs and searching for undesirable elements on the fly. However, technical elegance comes at the price of increased technical complexity. A realtime solution has to link up the scanner, Samba, and the local filesystem. This workshop provides a step-by-step guide to realtime scanning with Clam AV and Avira Antivir Personal Edition Classic.

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