Exchange file and process exclusion - file level virus scanning RRS feed

  • Question

  • I was directed to this guide by the vendor of the (new) antivirus software that I have just installed on a Exchange 2007 SP3 RU8 server:


    The antivirus program includes a component that monitors the Exchange mailbox databases and sending and receiving of messages as well as a file level scanning component which is what interest me here.

    The program interface allows one the exclude the files quite easily (in most cases I excluded the parent folders as excluding each file would have been more than fastidious).

    But how do you exclude a process?

    Exclude the corresponding executable file, for example, store.exe ?

    Also, what do you think of the comments at the bottom of the article? I too feel that there are some many exclusions that it's almost like having no (file-scanning) AV at all. I don't know enought about programming to write a virus, but if I wanted to compromise an Exchange server, I'd try to write something that would operate from one of the exluded areas or hook onto one of the excluded processes.


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    Saturday, September 22, 2012 10:40 PM


  • I don't run file-level AntiVirus on Exchange servers. Don't feel its necessary. 

    You'll need to ask the vendor how to exclude a process from AV scanning for their product.

    Saturday, September 22, 2012 11:14 PM