[clamav-users] max file size & system damage

Paul Kosinski clamav-users at iment.com
Mon Jul 9 19:45:55 EDT 2018

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On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 21:59:46 +0000
"Rovan, Jim (IMS)" <RovanJ at imsweb.com> wrote:

> Hello, everyone.
> I understand how I can increase the max file size for command line or
> clamd scanning. But I also see many references to possible severe
> system damage that could occur by scanning large files. The
> clamd.conf file explicitly warns against setting several limits too
> high. I have searched the FAQ, the documentation PDF, the list
> archive files, and have spent significant time on general internet
> searching; however, I can find no reference anywhere to what that
> damage could be other than increased risk of DDoS attacks being
> successful if email is being automatically scanned.
> I have another solution for email scanning, so clamav would only be
> used for scanning individual files on the command line or via clamd
> with Python and Perl scripts. So what damage could occur other than
> resource consumption by the individual scans on larger files?  I've
> scanned files as large at 2GB with no issues whatsoever and I am just
> curious as to what the issues would be.
> Regards,
> Jay

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