cyr_virusscan - Cyrus IMAP documentation
Scan for viruses using configured virus scanner or manage infected messages using search criteria.
cyr_virusscan [ -C config-file ] [ -s imap-search-string ] [ -r [ -n] ] [-v] [ mboxpattern1 ... ]
cyr_virusscan can be used to invoke an external virus scanner (currently only ClamAV is supported) to scan specified IMAP mailboxes. If no mboxpattern is given, cyr_virusscan works on all mailboxes.
Alternately, with the -s option, the IMAP SEARCH string will be used as a specification of messages which are assumed to be infected, and will be treated as such. The virus scanner is not invoked. Useful for removing messages without a distinct signature, such as Phish.
A table of infected messages will be output.
To remove infected messages, use the -r flag. Infected messages will be expunged from the user's mailbox.
With the notify flag, -n, notifications will be appended to the inbox of the mailbox owner, containing message digest information for the affected mail. This flag only works in combination with -r. The notification message can by customised by template, for details see Notifications below.
cyr_virusscan reads its configuration options out of the imapd.conf(5) file unless specified otherwise by -C.
Note that Cyrus does not ship with any virus scanners: you need to install one separately to make use of it with Cyrus.
- -C config-file
- Use the specified configuration file config-file rather than the default imapd.conf(5).
- Notify mailbox owner of deleted messages via email. This flag is only operable in combination with -r.
- Remove infected messages.
- -s imap-search-string
- Rather than scanning for viruses, messages matching the search criteria will be treated as infected.
- Produce more verbose output
When the -n flag is provided, notifications are sent to mailbox owners when infected messages are removed. One notification is sent per owner, containing a digest of each message that was deleted from any of their mailboxes.
The default notification subject is "Automatically deleted mail", which can be overridden by setting virusscan_notification_subject in imapd.conf(5) to a UTF-8 value.
Each infected message will be described according to the following template:
The following message was deleted from mailbox '%MAILBOX%' because it was infected with virus '%VIRUS%'
IMAP UID: %MSG_UID%
To use a custom template, create a UTF-8 file containing your desired text and using the same %-delimited substitutions as above, and set the virusscan_notification_template option in imapd.conf(5) to its path.
The notification message will be properly MIME-encoded at delivery. Do not pre-encode the template file or the subject!
When cyr_virusscan starts up, if notifications have been requested (with the -n flag), a basic sanity check of the template will be performed prior to initialising the antivirus engine. If it appears that the resultant notifications would be undeliverable for some reason, cyr_virusscan will exit immediately with an error, rather than risk deleting messages without notifying.
cyr_virusscan -r -n user/bovik
cyr_virusscan -r -n -s 'SUBJECT "Fedex"' user/bovik
Virus scan support was first introduced in Cyrus version 3.0.
imapd.conf(5), master(8), ClamAV
The Cyrus Team, Nic Bernstein (Onlight)
1993-2018, The Cyrus Team
|May 10, 2021||3.4.1|