[cvsnt] Latest on Virus Scan?

Glen Starrett grstarrett at cox.net
Fri Jun 27 00:40:23 BST 2003

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Someone should post this to the wiki and/or FAQ as it comes up rather often.

The following is from an earlier post of mine on the subject.  Others have
indicated that they are using CVSNT with realtime scan on servers that are
lightly loaded with no problems.  From the posts I believe most of the bad
behavior would happen on heavily loaded servers only.

Since it seems the directory exclusion works reasonably well, that would
likely be a good meeting ground.  IMHO AV scanning has gone totally
overboard--files are scanned on the client, on the way to the server, on the
server HDD, every time someone opens it by the server AND the client...  Too
much effort in redundancy, not enough in consistency.

I don't believe anyone is working with the AV vendors to seek resolution.

IIRC, Tony has indicated it is more a problem with the way NT handles some
of the file I/O calls, specifically that some are not atomic and locks
remain after the handle is closed.

Others please embellish / correct as needed.

I have ours set up to ignore all the CVS directories, and that seems to work
OK but my CVS server is very lightly used at the moment.

We are using Norton AV corp ed. 7.60.926 with File System Realtime prot
enables but "Exclude selected files and folders" with "Check file for
exclusions before scanning" and all the CVS repository & temp directories
excluded.  Note without the "check file for exclusion before scanning" NAV
would *still* scan the files... it just wouldn't block/log/fix anything.

Glen Starrett

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Subject: [cvsnt] Latest on Virus Scan?


I know that earlier this year, there was talk of
Virus scanners causing CVSNT to corrupt files
(or was it the Virus Scanner corrupting files?)

What is the latest on this? Any progress with those guys?
Is it just Norton, or is it McAfee too?

Reason I ask is because we are about to
go live here with CVSNT on Win2003 Server
and I know our very paranoid IS department
here is going to Freak Out when I tell them
that we can't run the Virus Scanner on this
server. They will probably just put their
foot down and say "No".

(and it didn't help that I just contracted this
stupid Sobig.e at mm worm that is going around)

Reed Lawson
IGT Firmware Engineering
(775) 448-0755

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