Integrating a realtime antivirus scanner with Samba



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.