[Clamav-announce] End of Life Announcement: ClamAV 0.94.x

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Author: Luca Gibelli
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To: clamav-announce
Subject: [Clamav-announce] End of Life Announcement: ClamAV 0.94.x

Dear ClamAV users,

all ClamAV releases older than 0.95 are affected by a bug in freshclam
which prevents incremental updates from working with signatures longer
than 980 bytes.

You can find more details on this issue on our bugzilla:
https://wwws.clamav.net/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=1395

This bug affects our ability to distribute complex signatures (e.g.
logical signatures) with incremental updates.

So far we haven't released any signatures which exceed this limit.
Before we do we want as many users as possible to upgrade to the latest
version of ClamAV.

Starting from 15 April 2010 our CVD will contain a special signature
which disables all clamd installations older than 0.95 - that is to say
older than 1 year.
This move is needed to push more people to upgrade to 0.95 .
We would like to keep on supporting all old versions of our engine, but
unfortunately this is no longer possible without causing a disservice to
people running a recent release of ClamAV.
The traffic generated by a full CVD download, as opposed to an
incremental update, cannot be sustained by our mirrors.

We plan to start releasing signatures which exceed the 980 bytes limit
on May 2010.

We recommend that you always run the latest version of ClamAV to get
optimal protection, reliability and performance.

This message will be sent every two months to remind you to upgrade all
of your ClamAV installations in time.


Thanks for your cooperation,


Best regards


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Luca Gibelli (luca _at_ clamav.net)       ClamAV, a GPL anti-virus toolkit
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