ClamAV is an antivirus that can be installed on Rocky Linux 8



ClamAV for Linux is a free and open source antivirus that works through the command line. Here we will see the installation process of ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) on Rocky Linux 8 or AlmaLinux 8.

Why an antivirus for Linux?

The clamd service (ClamAV daemon) of the ClamAV anti-virus engine scanner can be started in the background to receive calls (for virus scanning) from other programs. This antivirus is mainly used as a server side virus scanner on mail servers. ClamAV offers a command line scanner, Milter interface for Sendmail, an advanced database updater, and built-in support for archive formats, ELF executables + portable executables and file formats. current documents. Hence, it is used for various purposes like email scanning, web analytics, and endpoint security.

Compared to Windows, malware in Linux is generally not very deadly, which is why virus scanners are not required for Linux operating systems. Therefore, ClamAV is very suitable for heterogeneous environments where Linux and Windows platforms together use files uploaded to Linux transferred to Windows. It must therefore be checked and analyzed before being transmitted. For example, checking mail attachments or for use in combination with third-party programs such as Samba or a mail server.

Installing Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) on Rocky Linux or AlmaLinux 8
1. Install the EPEL repository
The packages to install Clamv are not available in the Rocky Linux base repository to install. However, we can get them from the EPEL repository (Additional Packages for Enterprise Linux). Therefore, add this first.


sudo dnf install epel-release -y

2. Run the system update
After adding the EPEL repository, run the system update command once which will refresh the system repository cache and notify it of the packages available in the added repository to install.

sudo dnf update -y 3. Install ClamAV on Rocky Linux 8 or AlmaLinux
Now we can easily download and install ClamAV including its “clamd†service to run background antivirus and antivirus updater. Just run the following command:

sudo dnf install clamav clamd clamav-update
Install ClamAV on Rocky Linux 8 and AlmaLinux 4. Add a ClamAV user on Rocky Linux or AlmaLinux
sudo groupadd clamav
sudo useradd -g clamav -s / bin / false -c “Clam Antivirus” clamav

5. Configure SELinux for ClamAV
There would be restrictions on some files by SElinux if it was enabled on our system. Therefore, run the command below to configure it for ClamAV. sudo setsebool -P antivirus_can_scan_system 1

5. Run the update ClamAV database command
Before further configuring this antivirus, let’s first run its virus database signature update command: sudo freshcalm
Download the latest signature for ClamAV

6. Activate LocalSocket
If you are configuring a simple local clamd instance, enable the LocalSocket option in its scan configuration file. sudo sed -i ‘s / # LocalSocket / run / LocalSocket / run / g’ /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf

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