How to scan FTP uploaded files on cPanel Servers

April 14, 2014 / cPanel & WHM


This How-to will help you to scan virus uploaded via FTP to make sure all files are virus free:

First let’s install ClamAV, it has been now been included in Cpanel/WHM. Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) is a free and open-source, cross-platform antivirus software tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses. One of its main uses is on mail servers as a server-side email virus scanner.

You can also install it from your WHM interface as root as follows:

Step 1: Click on ‘cPanel’ in ‘WHM’


Step 2: Click on ‘Manage Plugins’


Step 3: Now Click on ‘clamavconnector’


Check the “Install and Keep Updated” and then click at the bottom of the page to save.

After the successful installation edit the file /etc/pure-ftpd.conf and change this line to CallUploadScript yes

Next create file /etc/pure-ftpd/ with this content:

#Maximum file size to scan in bytes that's set to 10MB
if [ "$UPLOAD_SIZE" -le "$MAXSIZE" ]; then
/usr/bin/clamdscan --remove --quiet --no-summary "$1"

Change its permissions and make it executable:

 chmod 755 /etc/pure-ftpd/

Now we should start the pure-uploadscript daemon every time to call our script when a file is uploaded

 /usr/sbin/pure-uploadscript -B -r /etc/pure-ftpd/

And to let it start with your server/vps reboots just run this :

echo “/usr/sbin/pure-uploadscript -B -r /etc/pure-ftpd/” >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Now restart pure-ftpd:

service pure-ftpd restart

Now all your uploaded files which are less than 10MB in size will be scanned, adjust this size limit per your needs.

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