How to Install and Use Linux Malware Detect (LMD) with ClamAV as Antivirus Engine

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Gabriel Cánepa

Gabriel Cánepa is a GNU/Linux sysadmin and web developer from Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He works for a worldwide leading consumer product company and takes great pleasure in using FOSS tools to increase productivity in all areas of his daily work.

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107 Responses


    Is LMD intended to scan for threats to the Linux OS of the server, or does it scan for hacks such as those common with WordPress and Joomla, or does it look for all of those? Also, is the LMD signature database still being updated or is it frozen in the past? Good article, thanks.

  2. Tamer Shafik says:

    Thanks a lot, Very good writer

  3. Dollar says:

    Nice Post. Can I scan the systems in my network by sending them a script (through mail) which should scan thier systems and send an email alert to me when they execute the script. Because we have 200+ linux systems. As a time constraint I cant install AV in all the systems. Is there any possibility with this AV or any other Antivirus

  4. lester says:

    Pretty useless when it comes to sending alerts. I have researched this thoroughly and mail binary is active in my Centos System, all conf.maldet switches are set for sending email, yet nothing ever comes through.

    I can manually send a report with maldet -e SCANID “” but don’t expect any continuity of care with getting notified. Also, multiple messages to the domain owner of go unanswered and the emails listed in the conf.maldet file are non-deliverable. Look for another service if you need critical alerts.

    • Mitch says:

      Have you found a solution to this I just switched to a faster dedicated server and looking to install it again. But I too suffered the no email alerts. I checked the author’s website and there has not been any activity or new updates posts anything written since 2014.

      So for now I have just clamAV. What replacement AV and MW scanner do you suggest with email Alert working of course :>

  5. Information Gadget says:

    Nice, Thanks you for post full perfect

  6. Alfonso Fernández says:

    I think the wget URl is wrong

  7. Rajendra says:

    I am getting no such folder found while installing, can you please help me

    • @Rajendra,
      Please let us know exactly in which step you are experiencing this issue. Provide as much detail about your setup as possible to help us come up with the right answer for you.

  8. Fabui says:

    Thank you for the great info Gabriel. I go it installed but when I try to run it says
    bash: maldet: command not found

  9. abhi says:

    Might help a few people. PATH environment variable, then you can use the short form of the name.

    export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/sbin

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