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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 1:46 am

As far as I know this was the only add-on for Thunderbird which automatically checked emails as they were opened for viruses. The add-on seems to have been removed by an Administrator and is no longer available, and there does not seem to be any alternative available.

It has always seemed to me strange that Thunderbird provides no anti virus on Linux. I know that Linux viruses are not common, but if your contacts work with Windows it is very possible that you will pass viruses on without your knowledge. For this reason anti virus checking is essential.

Can anyone help me. I may have to give up Thunderbird and move to a less feature rich client.

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 4:14 am

Scanning email for viruses would be the work of an anti-virus program, not an email client. What anti-virus are you using on that system?

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 4:45 am

Yes, but Thunderbird would need to co-operate. I am using clamav, but since we are running under Linux I could use any of the available anti-virus programmes. As far as I know Thunderbird does not have an interface for any of them except clamd and that has been discontinued for some reason.

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 4:58 am

Did you try the updated version from this URL? http://ap1.pp.fi/mozilla/clamdrib/

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 5:35 am

TB says that it is not compatible (it is the one I am using now). I could suck it and see, but I am a bit wary of upgrading TB, finding that it does not work, downgrading to TB3 and screwing up everything!

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 9:37 pm

See the sticky thread at the top of the Thunderbird Support forum for how to use add-ons with a latter version of Thunderbird than they support.

The Ubuntu forums has several links to updated versions of clamdrib:
http://ap1.pp.fi/mozilla/clamdrib/ supports TB 3.*
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1592433 has one for TB 3.1.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1508862 has another for TB 3.1

The Ubuntu doc. on scanning email at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ScanningEmail also has a link to http://ap1.pp.fi/mozilla/clamdrib/ . I suggest you also read the MozillaZine thread Thunderbird 3.1.6 with clamav in ubuntu

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Post Posted July 12th, 2011, 9:50 pm

fdservices wrote:Yes, but Thunderbird would need to co-operate.

That is a limitation of how anti-virus programs are designed for Linux - every free anti-virus scanner seems to basically just scan files. Under Windows its normal for the antivirus scanner to intercept incoming mail (and optionally outgoing mail) and scan it before it is stored.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus

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Post Posted July 13th, 2011, 12:19 am

Thanks for the rep[lies.

I did know about clamdrib for TB3, but I am looking for the same for TB5.

I rather assumed that because of the jump from 3 to 5 the add on would not work and would need to be updated. I will try changing the version number and see if it works.

You might take a quick look at kmail, which integrates seamlessly and automatically with several linux ant virus software programmes.

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Post Posted July 13th, 2011, 1:08 am

OK I updated the max version to 5.* and clamdrib works fine as far as I can see

It appears that TB3 to TB5 was not such a major leap after all :-)

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Post Posted July 13th, 2011, 9:07 am

Mainly that it integrates into and with Thunderbird.

p3scan does not appear to be supported and is a method of routing messages as they arrive through a virus checker, as far as I can see.
Amavis requires the user to set up a mail server. Of course if you are prepared to set up a mail server then virus checking is a doddle, but for home network it is not going to happen.

Of course I may have misunderstood how they work.

Incidentally I have updated ALL my "non working" add-ons to TB5 (Quicktest, mailTagger and clamdrib) and they all worked perfectly!

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Post Posted July 13th, 2011, 11:57 pm

Just in case anyone is treading this, quicktext DOES need an update, available at http://extensions.hesslow.se/download/1 ... 9.11.0.xpi

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Post Posted June 26th, 2013, 8:55 am

FWIW -- this addon is still working on a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

Just tested it on TB 17.06 with the eicar-com.zip test virus file, found it in the "sent" folder for the same account, TB/Clamdrib showed me the "infected" warning in the header, in nice bold red type.

And no, it's not "strange" that Mozilla does not offer an antivirus tool (for the Linux or any other version to my knowledge) and has to relegate that to volunteer developers. It's shameful.

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Post Posted June 26th, 2013, 9:00 am

[quote="DanRaisch"]Scanning email for viruses would be the work of an anti-virus program, not an email client.[/quote]

Sorry for the dead thread resurrection. I agree with you completely.

That said, does Thunderbird have any kind of functionality to allow the intergration of an anti-virus too? Any at all? Bueller?

Evolution, Kmail, to cite two examples, have configuration options for hooks to known, reliable anti-virus tools. Evolution and Kmail are just as much "free software" as Thunderbird (More free, in fact, since they don't copyright their logos). What does Mozilla offer in Thunderbird? Nada. Let volunteer developers come up with solutions. Sorry, but to put it politely, that's inadequate.

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Post Posted June 26th, 2013, 3:42 pm

Sorry but this thread has not seen activity for almost two years now.

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