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Virus alarm when scanning amavisd-new package

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

Virus alarms reported when scanning amavisd-new sample files.

The amavisd-new package, released in SLES10 and SLES11, is a package used for anitspam. It contains several sample files.
If scanned by antivirus software, a virus alarm might be reported for sample files such as:

/usr/share/doc/packages/amavisd-new/test-messages/sample-42-mail-bomb.txt  
/usr/share/doc/packages/amavisd-new/test-messages/sample-virus-simple.txt

Resolution

A. Files in path /usr/share/doc/packages/amavisd-new/test-messages/

These files are shipped in SLES as part of a testing suite used to prove the non vulnerability of a machine.  On there own, these files do not constitute any problem. As described in the README file, the files must be used in a specific way. (Refer to the README for further details) If the testing suite is not of interest, the files can be removed, or simply ignored. Any user able to create text files on the system can create files with the same content, resulting in the same antivirus reports.

B. Scanning the installation media
Users will get same virus alarm for the amavisd-new rpm package, since the antivirus software will unpack the rpm and scan the same files. This alarm can be ignored when scanning installation media.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7015679
  • Creation Date:19-SEP-14
  • Modified Date:19-SEP-14
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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