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ClamXav 2.3 arrives signed, reduces RAM usage

28 June 2012 1,592 views One Comment

On the way, but not there yet. Mark Allen’s open source-based ClamXav runs just fine (your mileage may vary) in Apple’s upcoming OS X Mountain Lion. The app is now signed and good to go vis-a-vis GateKeeper, though sandboxing is only partly implemented.

ClamXav 2.3 (version history) is now available for direct download. As of this writing, the version hadn’t yet shown up in the Mac App Store. There are many small changes in the release, but here are the salient bullet points for your consideration:

• Updated ClamAV engine to 0.97.5
• App signed with Developer ID for Gatekeeper in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
• Big changes under the hood to support sandboxing, though sandboxing not yet enabled
• Log automatically rotates when it reaches 5MB
• Reworked the logic in Sentry to lower the RAM usage and keep it at a more constant level

Because ClamXav is now signed code, Mountain Lion users can download, use and update this app with a sense of assurance. Sandboxing, a security feature that prevents app misbehavior, isn’t yet fully implemented however.

Get ClamXav via the Mac App Store (free) or download it direct.

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