As of today, all ClamAV 0.94 or older installs will stop working. The Debian project has not released updates for their current stable release (5.0) yet to solve this, but there is a workaround. The Debain volatile project provides newer clamav versions. The installation steps to install ClamAV 0.95.3 on Debian lenny are:

1) Add the debian volatile repository to the sources list:

echo "deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

2) Update the sources and install the new clamav package:

apt-get update
apt-get install clamav
apt-get -u upgrade

3) If you use amavisd-new (e.g. if you use a ISPConfig 3 server) then restart amavisd:

/etc/init.d/amavis restart

How to solve the ClamAV error “This version of the ClamAV engine is outdated” on Debian 5.0 (Lenny)
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18 thoughts on “How to solve the ClamAV error “This version of the ClamAV engine is outdated” on Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

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    You can add Daemon also.

    apt-get install clamav clamav-daemon clamav-freshclam

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    Unfortunally it solves for very few days ’cause it looks that a newer version of clamv has been relesaed.
    Maybe we just have to wait?

    ClamAV update process started at Fri Apr 23 09:01:36 2010
    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
    WARNING: Local version: 0.95.3 Recommended version: 0.96

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      This is not an error its a warning which is normal for clamav on almost all systems. The message is misleading as it does not mean that your antivirus system is not up to date, it just means that there is a newer version of the clamav scanning engine is available. But the relevant thing is that the antivirus signatures are up to date and thats the case in your install. Linux distributions dont switch always to the latest clamav as this might cause problems, so they use the most stable version and patch it in case of bugs, but patching does not increase the error number, which leads to this misleading error message. If you get this message, then your system is up to date and working again.

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    The procedure does not work on latest version (0.97). My log file keeps on showing this:

    Received signal: wake up
    ClamAV update process started at Sun Feb 27 18:27:43 2011
    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
    WARNING: Local version: 0.96.5 Recommended version: 0.97
    DON’T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq
    main.cld is up to date (version: 53, sigs: 846214, f-level: 53, builder: sven)
    Downloading daily-12785.cdiff [100%]
    [LibClamAV] ***********************************************************
    [LibClamAV] *** This version of the ClamAV engine is outdated. ***
    [LibClamAV] *** DON’T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq ***
    [LibClamAV] ***********************************************************
    daily.cld updated (version: 12785, sigs: 60225, f-level: 60, builder: edwin)
    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
    WARNING: Current functionality level = 58, recommended = 60
    DON’T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq
    bytecode.cld is up to date (version: 140, sigs: 40, f-level: 58, builder: edwin)
    Database updated (906479 signatures) from db.local.clamav.net (IP: 193.52.101.131)

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    Clamav 0.96.5 is the latest available version for Debian 5.0, so your system is already up to date. The relevant lines in the log are:

    main.cld is up to date (version: 53, sigs: 846214, f-level: 53, builder: sven)
    daily.cld updated (version: 12785, sigs: 60225, f-level: 60, builder: edwin)
    bytecode.cld is up to date (version: 140, sigs: 40, f-level: 58, builder: edwin)

    This means that your system is uses the latest antivirus signatured. When the new Clamav .097 is stable and tested, it will get released by the deboan team and you install it by simply running:

    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

    The outdated message can always be ignored as I explained above.

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        So i can ignore my system message?
        “WARNING: Local version: 0.96.5 Recommended version: 0.97”

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          Yes, thats what I explained in the thread above. The only relevant information is if the signature databases are up to date. Example:

          main.cld is up to date (version: 53, sigs: 846214, f-level: 53, builder: sven)
          daily.cld updated (version: 12785, sigs: 60225, f-level: 60, builder: edwin)
          bytecode.cld is up to date (version: 140, sigs: 40, f-level: 58, builder: edwin)

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            Ah okay 🙂
            Thanks for your awesome help and your how to`s.

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    Good to see it, I had this message for more than one year now…

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    To solve the problem (as root) 🙂 My bad! I know!
    1. Make sure you have zlib-devl, gcc and make:
    # aptitude -y install zlib1g-dev gcc-4.3 make
    2. Download the latest (July 2012) stable source:
    # cd /usr/src && wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/clamav/files/clamav/0.97.5/clamav-0.97.5.tar.gz
    3. Decompress:
    # cd /usr/src && tar xvzf clamav-0.97.5.tar.gz
    4. Complie with make
    # cd /usr/src/clamav-0.97.5 && ./configure –sysconfdir=/etc/clamav –exec_prefix=/usr && make && make install
    5. Once complete:
    # /etc/init.d/clamav-daemon restart
    That’s it! Cheers!

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    I get the following message in the Freshclam Log of my Mac running OS 10.6.8. (It appears that the last time my AV definitions were updated was 2/28/2013, and ClamAV keeps telling me my virus defs. are out of date.) The ClamAV program itself is up-to-date, v. 2.3.4 (271). Could you please provide exact detailed instructions regarding how to correct the problem, if there is one? I can enter command-line stuff into terminal.app but I have NO idea what any of it means. Thank you.
    ————————————–
    ClamAV update process started at Sat Mar 23 14:26:50 2013
    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
    WARNING: Local version: 0.97.6 Recommended version: 0.97.7
    DON’T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq
    main.cld is up to date (version: 54, sigs: 1044387, f-level: 60, builder: sven)
    WARNING: getfile: daily-16760.cdiff not found on remote server (IP: 209.198.147.20)
    WARNING: getpatch: Can’t download daily-16760.cdiff from database.clamav.net
    WARNING: getfile: daily-16760.cdiff not found on remote server (IP: 200.236.31.1)
    WARNING: getpatch: Can’t download daily-16760.cdiff from database.clamav.net
    WARNING: getfile: daily-16760.cdiff not found on remote server (IP: 129.21.171.98)
    WARNING: getpatch: Can’t download daily-16760.cdiff from database.clamav.net
    WARNING: Incremental update failed, trying to download daily.cvd

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    I am using ubuntu 12.04 lts and noticed a malware attack of 33 files yesterday. i happen to download Clam TK virus scanner and scanned the home directory and was able to quarantine .
    I noticed that virus scanner has current virus defintion but and Antivirusengine and GUI version shows outdated with cross symbol. please help me on priority
    Antivirus Engine 0.97.8 it shows me outdated where as given above recommeded is 0.97.7
    GUI version is 4.38
    Antivirus defntion is curent
    As ubuntu is safe for virus and malware and anyother foreign body attack why it has attacked with malware. How tomake it completely safe henceforth.

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    going through supporting FAQ i tried as given below
    shailendrajt@ubuntu:~$ sudo freshclam
    [sudo] password for shailendrajt:
    ClamAV update process started at Sun Feb 2 10:34:01 2014
    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
    WARNING: Local version: 0.97.8 Recommended version: 0.98.1
    DON’T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq
    main.cvd is up to date (version: 55, sigs: 2424225, f-level: 60, builder: neo)
    daily.cvd is up to date (version: 18426, sigs: 681187, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
    bytecode.cvd is up to date (version: 235, sigs: 44, f-level: 63, builder: dgoddard)

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