Linux In The News – Sept 26, 2021
Linux In The News – Sept 26, 2021

Linux In The News – Sept 26, 2021

ClamAV 0.104 Antivirus Engine Now Comes with Official Docker Images

Sept 7, 2021

ClamAV 0.104 has been released a few days ago with major changes and new LTS (Long Term Support) program.

ClamAV is an open source cross-platform antivirus software which is used in a variety of situations including email scanning, web scanning, and endpoint security. It includes a multi-threaded scanner daemon, command line utilities for on demand file scanning and automatic signature updates.

One of ClamAV’s most popular usage is scanning emails on mail gateways and checking the attachment file in real-time. By using a Milter interface, email can be scanned within mail applications like Postfix, Sendmail and Exim.

ClamAV has several components, including a daemon process named clamd. Optionally, the command-line utility clamdscan can talk to the daemon and request scanning of data.

A few days ago ClamAV 0.104 has been released with some important changes. So let’s take a quick look at what’s new.

ClamAV 0.104 Major Changes

The new version adds a new scan option to alert on broken media (graphics) file formats. This feature mitigates the risk of malformed media files intended to exploit vulnerabilities in other software. To enable this feature, you need to set AlertBrokenMedia yes in the clamd.conf configuration file, or use the --alert-broken-media option when using clamscan.

ClamAV 0.104 now enables Windows users to run clamd and freshclam as Windows services. To install and run them, use the --install-service option and net start [name] command.

The ClamAV project also announced a new Long Term Support (LTS) program in an update to ClamAV’s End-of-Life (EOL) policy. LTS feature releases will be supported for at least three years from the initial publication date of that LTS feature version. In other words, support for the LTS release “X.Y” starts when version “X.Y.0” is published and ends three years after. For your information, the previous released ClamAV 0.103 is the first Long Term Support (LTS) feature release.

Non-LTS feature releases will be supported with critical patch versions for at least four months from the initial publication date of the next feature release or until the feature release after that is published.

ClamAV in Docker

ClamAV 0.104 introduces a long awaited new feature – an official Docker image. In other words now ClamAV can be run within a Docker container. If you are new or unfamiliar with Docker containers, you can check our Introductory Guide to Docker Containers for Beginners.

ClamAV image tags on Docker Hub follow this naming convention:

  • clamav/clamav:<version>: A release preloaded with signature databases.
  • clamav/clamav:<version>_base: A release with no signature databases.

To pull and run the official ClamAV images from the Docker Hub registry, try the following command:

docker run \
    --interactive \
    --tty \
    --rm \
    --name "clamav_container" \

The above command creates an interactive container with the current TTY connected to it. This is optional but useful when getting started as it allows one to directly see the output and, in the case of clamd, send ctrl-c to close the container.

The --rm parameter ensures the container is cleaned up again after it exits and the --name parameter names the container, so it can be referenced through other Docker commands, as several containers of the same image can be started without conflicts.

Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 Officially Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye”

Sept 20, 20201

Patrick d’Emmabuntüs informs 9to5Linux today about the general availability for download of the highly-anticipated Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 distribution for refurbishing old computers and anyone who wants to discover GNU/Linux.

As Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” has been officially released last month, it was just a matter of time until the Emmabuntüs Collective put together the final details of their Emmabuntüs Debian Edition (DE) 4 release series, which is derived from the Debian GNU/Linux 11 operating system series, of course, supporting both the Xfce and LXQt desktop environments.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 features the latest and greatest Xfce 4.16 desktop environment, along with the LXQt 0.16.0 desktop environment, which you can select from the first run, an OEM install mode via the Calamares graphical installer, and new tools, including VeraCrypt, GtkHash, Linux Mint’s Warpinator, and zram-tools.

To keep with the times and offer users free alternatives to popular proprietary software, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 replaces TeamViewer with DWService, Skype with Jami, PulseEffects with PulseAudio-Equalizer, and completely removes the now obsolete Adobe Flash Player plugin. In addition, it adds support for installing the open-source desktop YouTube player FreeTube via the Internet.

On top of all that, this release ships with a new Ice theme designed by Juliette Taka and a revamped Emmabuntüs logo designed by JCZ, updated tutorials for the installation and presentation of the distribution, as well as an updated “The beginner’s handbook Debian Bullseye” by arpinux.

We want to warmly thank them here, for their outstanding graphic contribution to the Emmabuntüs DE4 distribution, and concerning both the dark and light themes,” said Patrick d’Emmabuntüs.

Among some of the noteworthy software included in this release, there’s the LibreOffice office suite, Mozilla Firefox ESR and Falkon web browsers, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Geany IDE, Darktable RAW image editor, Audacity audio editor, HandBrake video transcoder, Kdenlive video editor, Inkscape SVG editor, GCompris educational suite, and many others.

Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 4 1.00 is available for download right now from the official website for 64-bit and 32-bit computers.

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