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SubjectRe: [malware-list] scanner interface proposal was: [TALPA] Intro to a linux interface for on access scanning
Date wrote on 18/08/2008 18:07:30:

> On Mon, 18 Aug 2008, wrote:
> > Theodore Tso <> wrote on 18/08/2008 15:25:11:
> >
> >> On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 02:15:24PM +0100,
> > wrote:
> >>> Then there is still a question of who allows some binary to declare
> > itself
> >>> exempt. If that decision was a mistake, or it gets compromised
> > security
> >>> will be off. A very powerful mechanism which must not be easily
> >>> accessible. With a good cache your worries go away even without a
> > scheme
> >>> like this.
> >>
> >> I have one word for you --- bittorrent. If you are downloading a
> >> large torrent (say approximately a gigabyte), and it contains many
> >> pdf's that are say a few megabytes a piece, and things are coming in
> >> tribbles, having either a indexing scanner or an AV scanner wake up
> >> and rescan the file from scratch each time a tiny piece of the pdf
> >> comes in is going to eat your machine alive....
> >
> > Huh? I was never advocating re-scan after each modification and I even
> > explicitly said it does not make sense for AV not only for performance
> > because it will be useless most of the time. I thought sending out
> > modified notification on close makes sense because it is a natural
> > unless someone is trying to subvert which is out of scope. Other have
> > suggested time delay and lumping up.
> >
> > Also, just to double-check, you don't think AV scanning would read the
> > whole file on every write?
> if it doesn't read the entire file and only reads the parts that change,

> out-of-order writes (which bittorrent does a _lot_ of) can assemble a
> virus from pieces and the scanner will never see it.

No, it would catch it once it gets assembled. It doesn't read the parts
that change but parts which it finds interesting.

> as for Ted's issue, the scanner(s) would get notified when the file was
> dirtied, they would then get notified if something scanned the file and
> was marked dirty again after that. If nothing got around to scanning the

> file then all the following writes would not send any notification
> the file would already be dirty.

This sound like a good strategy.

Tvrtko A. Ursulin
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