Since upgrading to Debian 8 my syslog is full of

...freshclam[17851]: WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
...freshclam[17851]: WARNING: Local version: 0.98.7 Recommended version: 0.99
...freshclam[17851]: DON'T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq

While trying not to panic, as instructed, I followed the link. Which goes to a 404! Panic! [joke. EDIT: this link is now working.]

Virus scanners need to be updated regularly, and these updates do not make it into Debian stable frequently. In days gone by we had a "volatile" repo for virus checkers etc. in Debian, then we had workarounds for Wheezy. What about Debian 8, Jessie?

Ideally I'd like to stick with apt for package management, especially as I have unattended upgrades running for security updates.

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    Shouldn't updates to something like ClamAV automatically count as security updates, and be pushed out frequently by the package maintainers? If not, why not? – rmalayter Dec 7 '15 at 15:41
  • Wasn't 0.99 released just a few days ago? You might try submitting a bug report, but it does seem from the devel list that they are aware that 0.99 is released and they are working on updating. lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-clamav-devel – Zoredache Dec 7 '15 at 18:27
  • The link doesn't returns 404 right now. Instead it gives 302 and redirects to clamav.net/documents/installing-clamav – morsik Mar 7 '16 at 15:31

Just to be sure... there is difference between virus definitions version and program version. Program version is always a bit behind on debian, but if you have virus updates working fine, there is no reason to panic. In fact, there's not much reason to do anything IMHO. :)


Seriously there is no need to panic. Look at your local version (0.98.7) and the latest version(0.99).

Anyway all you need to do is apt-get upgrade clamav whenever you are ready.

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    Welcome. Thanks for taking the time to answer. However, apt upgrade won't cut it; ClamAV changes faster than Debian stable's repos do. The latest stable version is installed. The question is asking how/whether there is an always-up-to-date debian repo for ClamAV. – artfulrobot Dec 7 '15 at 15:25

According to the debian wiki about updates for stable releases you need to have

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main

in your /etc/apt/sources.list; then apt-get update; apt-get upgrade will bring you the latest version of clamd.


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