Package Details: maldet 1.6-3

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Package Base: maldet
Description: linux malware scanner designed around threats faced in shared host environments
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Licenses: GPL2
Submitter: mrqwer88
Maintainer: sowieso
Last Packager: fordprefect
Votes: 24
Popularity: 0.63
First Submitted: 2012-05-03 12:41
Last Updated: 2017-05-31 19:24

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x451z commented on 2021-06-04 06:48

it can update itself.

AFAIK it can only update malware signatures. It can't update itself or bump its own version. One of the most important changes I care about is that maldet can now send Slack alerts which is quite handy in enterprise environments.

HalJordan commented on 2020-12-20 04:33

To be fair, once maldet is installed, it can update itself. This is just handy for getting it setup in a way that it can be easily removed from the system.

waasl commented on 2020-12-14 23:18

It's almost a year out of date

Anonymous comment on 2017-09-06 20:46

The linking folders and PATH setting is the problem in the PKGBUILD

in your pkgbuild its looking for a tmp folder that is not there in where pkgbuild installed maldet to /usr/share/maldet , and cant download to the folder

why dont you just install the maldet package using the install file from the git repo and let the install file set the directorys

## git repo working
maldet -d
Linux Malware Detect v1.6.2
(C) 2002-2017, R-fx Networks <>
(C) 2017, Ryan MacDonald <>
This program may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU GPL v2

maldet(5780): {update} checking for available updates...
maldet(5780): {update} hashing install files and checking against server...
maldet(5780): {update} latest version already installed.

fordprefect commented on 2017-09-06 19:26

@vendforce: there are two errors:

• line 1844: the "too many arguments" leads me to think maybe the folder contains more than one file, so the expansion produces one more argument. badly written if this can happen
• line 1850: it calls $inspath/maldet, which is very hard to debug without looking at all the inner workings of this software. quite surely is a following error from the first, where changing directories failed.

looking at these errors I realize there is no way I'll debug this. Ever. Discouraging everyone from using and deowning…

Anonymous comment on 2017-09-06 18:46

I was trying to check for maldet update and it gives error below

maldet -d

Linux Malware Detect v1.6
(C) 2002-2017, R-fx Networks <>
(C) 2017, Ryan MacDonald <>
This program may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU GPL v2

maldet(3118): {update} checking for available updates...
maldet(3118): {update} new version 1.6.2 found, updating...
maldet(3118): {update} verified md5sum of maldetect-current.tar.gz
/usr/share/maldet/internals/functions: line 1844: cd: too many arguments
chmod: cannot access '': No such file or directory
maldet(3118): {update} completed update v1.6 => v1.6.2 628329, running signature updates...
/usr/share/maldet/internals/functions: line 1850: /usr/share/maldet/maldet: No such file or directory
maldet(3118): {update} update and config import completed

fordprefect commented on 2017-05-31 19:25

@vicnat: thank you, fixed.

vicnat commented on 2017-05-30 22:33

Initially not able to execute because when installed inspath variable in /etc/maldet/internals.conf is set as /usr/share/maldetect but maldet is installed in /usr/share/maldet

Edit internals.conf or doing a ln -s /usr/share/maldet /usr/share/maldetect solves the problem.

Maybe should be possible to add this correction to the package build file to patch the internals.conf pointing the correct directory.

fordprefect commented on 2017-05-01 13:45

thank you for the hint, it is updated now.
also, the package has been completely rewritten. please test if it works for you as well.

xcMI2w commented on 2017-05-01 00:57

Please update to 1.6. And is 1.6 safe to use now?