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How To Integrate ClamAV Into PureFTPd For Virus Scanning On Fedora 14

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Author: Falko Timme
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This tutorial explains how you can integrate ClamAV into PureFTPd for virus scanning on a Fedora 14 system. In the end, whenever a file gets uploaded through PureFTPd, ClamAV will check the file and delete it if it is malware.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

You should have a working PureFTPd setup on your Fedora 14 server, e.g. as shown in this tutorial: Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Fedora 14.

 

2 Installing ClamAV

ClamAV can be installed as follows:

yum install amavisd-new clamav clamav-data clamav-server clamav-update clamav-scanner

Clamdscan expects the configuration file /etc/clamd.conf which doesn't exist - therefore we create a symlink from /etc/clamd.conf to /etc/clamd.d/amavisd.conf:

ln -s /etc/clamd.d/amavisd.conf /etc/clamd.conf

Next we create the system startup links for clamd and start it:

chkconfig --levels 235 clamd.amavisd on
/etc/init.d/clamd.amavisd start

 

3 Configuring PureFTPd

First we open /etc/pure-ftpd/pure-ftpd.conf and set CallUploadScript to yes :

vi /etc/pure-ftpd/pure-ftpd.conf

[...]
# If your pure-ftpd has been compiled with pure-uploadscript support,
# this will make pure-ftpd write info about new uploads to
# /var/run/pure-ftpd.upload.pipe so pure-uploadscript can read it and
# spawn a script to handle the upload.

CallUploadScript yes
[...]

Next we create the file /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh (which will call /usr/bin/clamdscan whenever a file is uploaded through PureFTPd)...

vi /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh

#!/bin/sh
/usr/bin/clamdscan --remove --quiet --no-summary "$1"

... and make it executable:

chmod 755 /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh

Now we start the pure-uploadscript program as a daemon - it will call our /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh script whenever a file is uploaded through PureFTPd:

pure-uploadscript -B -r /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh

Of course, you don't want to start the daemon manually each time you boot the system - therefore we open /etc/rc.local...

vi /etc/rc.local

... and add the line /usr/sbin/pure-uploadscript -B -r /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh to it - e.g. as follows:

#!/bin/sh
#
# This script will be executed *after* all the other init scripts.
# You can put your own initialization stuff in here if you don't
# want to do the full Sys V style init stuff.

/usr/sbin/pure-uploadscript -B -r /etc/pure-ftpd/clamav_check.sh
touch /var/lock/subsys/local

Finally we restart PureFTPd:

/etc/init.d/pure-ftpd restart

That's it! Now whenever someone tries to upload malware to your server through PureFTPd, the "bad" file(s) will be silently deleted.

 

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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