clamd plugin

This plug-in implements Anti-Virus scanning with ClamAV using the clamd daemon.

The plug-in will reject any message that ClamAV considers to be a virus. If an error occurs (e.g. clamd not running or a timeout), the message will be deferred with a temporary failure.


The following options can be defined in clamd.ini;

clamd_socket (default: localhost:3310)

N.N.N.N:port, ipv6::literal:port, host:port or /path/to/socket of the clamd daemon.

Multiple hosts can be listed separated by comma, semi-colon or spaces.

If is omitted it defaults to 3310.

On connection error or timeout the next host in the list will be tried. When the host list is exhausted, the message will be deferred with a temporary failure.

randomize_host_order (default: false)

If this is set then the list of hosts with be randomized before a connection is attempted.

only_with_attachments (default: false)

Set this option to only scan messages that contain non-textual attachments. This is a performance optimization, however it will prevent ClamAV from detecting threats such as Phishing in plain-text or HTML messages.

connect_timeout (default: 10)

Timeout connection to host after this many seconds. A timeout will cause the next host in the list to be tried. Once all hosts have been tried then a temporary failure will be returned.

timeout (default: 30)

Post-connection timeout if there is no activity on the socket after this many seconds. A timeout will cause the message to be rejected with a tempoary failure.

max_size (default: 26214400)

The maximum size of message that should be sent to clamd in bytes. This option should not be larger than the StreamMaxLength value in clamd.conf as clamd will stop scanning once this limit is reached. If the clamd limit is reached the plug-in will log a notice that this has happened and will allow the message though.


An optional reject section can offer control over when to reject connections. The default settings are shown. ClamAV recommends that hits coming from SafeBrowsing / Phishing / Heuristics, Potentially Unwanted Applications, and UNOFFICIAL be used only for scoring.

* virus=true
* error=true

The following reject options are disabled by default in clamd.conf. With a default ClamAV install, these will have no effect. When an admin enables in clamd.conf, Haraka with then, by default, reject such messages. Adjust these settings to suit.

* Broken.Executable=true
* Structured=true
* Encrypted=true
* PUA=true
* OLE2=true
* Safebrowsing=true

The following options are enabled by default in clamd but ClamAV suggests using them only for scoring.

* Phishing=false


The optional check section can allow skipping ClamAV check for remote connection meeting following criteria.

  • authenticated
    Default: true
    If true, messages from authenticated users will be scanned.
  • private_ip
    Default: true
    If true, messages from private IPs will be scanned.
  • local_ip
    Default: true
    If true, messages from localhost will be scanned.
  • relay
    Default: true
    If true, messages that are to be relayed will be scanned.


This file can contain a list of virus name patterns that when matched, are not rejected by this plugin. An X-Haraka-Virus: header will be inserted containing the virus name. This header can then be used for scoring in other plugins.

The format of the file is one pattern per line. Comments are prefixed with #. Matches are case-insensitive.

Patterns are expressed using wildcards (e.g. * and ?) or via regexp by enclosing the pattern in //.

To negate a match (e.g. reject if it matches), prefix the match with !. Negative matches are always tested fist.


# Always reject test signatures
# Skip all unofficial signatures
# Phishing