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Qmail-Scanner (aka scan4virus) is an addon that lets a Qmail Email server scan all gatewayed Email for certain characteristics. It is typically used for its anti-virus protection functions, but also enables a site (at a server/site level) to react to email that contains specific strings in particular headers, or particular attachment filenames or types. It also can be used as an archiving tool for auditing or backup purposes. Qmail-Scanner is integrated into the mail server at a lower level than some other *nix-based virus scanners, resulting in better performance. It is capable of scanning not only locally sent/received email, but also email that crosses the server in a relay capacity.


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Download version 1.21 (stable)
released on 16 March 2004


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GPLv2Janet Casey14 August 2003

Leaders and contributors

Jason Haar Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Support E-mail
Help E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use DB_File
Required to use Sys_Syslog
Required to use Qmail 1.03
Required to use Perl 5.005_03
Required to use Time_HiRes

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 September 2008.


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