Spam and Viruses, Vandalism-l, the Mailing List from Hell.

Martin McCormick martin at
Sat Jan 27 04:34:43 UTC 2007

	Has anyone gotten the port
/usr/ports/mail/antivirus-milter to work?

	The system in question runs FreeBSD5.4 with sendmail and
bogofilter.  Bogofilter is excellent at helping sort messages in
to spam or other folders if you generate a large wordlist.

	One category of junkmail, however, is not true spam.  It
is more a form of hacking in that it tries to implant viruses
like Johny Appleseed only this guy is Johny weedseed.

	I got antivirus-milter to make and install but it
immediately failed when started:

antivirus[53446]: externalcommand() 
failed to execve() /system/av/decullotage/uvscan

	I basically said, huh?  After that, it hung and began
telling all remote hosts to try again later.

	The url

is no good any more and there was very little documentation in
the package so I reset everything back to before the

	This would have been a good counterpart to bogofilter
since the virus bombs usually get past bogofilter.  The ripmime
utility extracts the payload and antivirus-milter is supposed to
reject the message before delivery.

	The other milter I found is milter-bogom.  It is probably
fine, but it duplicates bogofilter's function on a system-wide

	Any ideas are much appreciated.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group

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