amavisd stops after reload

Hans Spaans hans at
Sat Jul 27 16:39:54 CEST 2013

Martin Fuxa schreef op vr 26-07-2013 om 22:51 [+0200]:
> On 06/12/2013 01:20 PM, Andreas Schulze wrote:
> > Am 12.06.2013 10:03 schrieb Martin Fuxa:
> >> and HUP is not performed.
> > you may set $log_level = 5, restart, then reload and watch the log.
> >
> I don't see any reason in log
> last line
> Signalling a SIGHUP to a running daemon [22281]
> and then nothing a no one amavisd process
> full log is here (without any working child which generate lot of lines)
>  > Usually caused by unreadable files specified somewhere in amavisd.conf.
>  > For example, these always get me:
> I did not think it (I have some required files in /etc/postfix with 
> correct permission), but it is my case!
> some admin was paranoid within updated certs
> /var/lib/dkim/a.key.pem
> /var/lib/dkim/notif-mail.key.pem
> -rw------- 1 root root
> changed to ... works fine
> -rw-r-----  1 root vscan
> Proper logging in this reload case would be nice.

Looking at the amavisd-new code one can find the following line:

    $fh->open(untaint($fname), O_CREAT|O_EXCL|O_RDWR, 0600)

This looks fine at first, but will make the certificates in most
installations writable by the amavisd-new process itself, a remote
accessible process. So maybe a more relaxed model can be implemented by
making the file 0640 instead of 0600 and follow the user and group model
Debian is using of it's SSL-certificates. The certificates are owned by
root, but readable for everyone in de group amavis for example. And is
one is worried about forgetting a chgrp amavis every time he or she
generates a new certificate, a directory with 2750 and belonging to
root:amavis solves that case as well as the group of the directory will
be enforced on new files.

This will make most "paranoid" sysadmins and/or security officers happy
and your installation running.


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