Enabling virus scanning for file uploads


This feature is not yet available to environments running on Acquia Cloud Next technologies.

You can enable virus scanning of file uploads for your Cloud Platform applications. Cloud Platform virus scanning uses ClamAV, an open source antivirus engine. Cloud Platform updates the ClamAV virus definitions daily. After you have enabled virus scanning, ClamAV protects your application from viruses uploaded by form file uploads and prevents uploaded files from being saved if it detects a virus.

To enable virus scanning, using ClamAV, for file uploads to your website, install, enable, and configure the ClamAV module, which connects to the ClamAV executable on your Cloud Platform infrastructure.


Cloud Platform does not include or support the use of ClamAV as a daemon.

Configuring the ClamAV module

The ClamAV module (available for Drupal 7 and Drupal 9) connects with ClamAV to scan files uploaded with CCK’s filefield widget, CCK’s imagefield widget, and normal Drupal form file uploads.

Install and enable the ClamAV Drupal module on your application, and then configure the following settings:

  1. Under the Scan method heading, select Executable.
  2. Under the Executable mode configuration heading, in the Executable path field, enter /usr/bin/clamscan.
  3. Click Save configuration.

ClamAV thereafter scans all files uploaded to your application for viruses. If ClamAV finds a virus, it displays a message to the user reporting that the file could not be uploaded, and then logs the event to stdout and stderr, with the file name and virus name. You can then find the entry in the Acquia Cloud drupal-watchdog.log.

Scanning files that are already present

If you have uploaded files to your application using methods that differ from the normal Drupal upload methods, you can still use ClamAV to scan these files. Since this method uses CPU resources, Acquia recommends that you copy the files to your development or staging environment and scanning files there, rather than in production. To scan files on your infrastructure, open a command prompt window and then enter the following command:

clamscan -ri

The r parameter causes ClamAV to scan all files recursively, in the current directory and subdirectories, and the i parameter displays only the infected files, if any.

You can also use the following cron command to run regular scans for your website:

--any--  0 * * * *   /usr/bin/clamscan -ri /mnt/tmp/ | mail -s "hourly website clam results" [email protected]

This command will scan files if run in /sites/default/files. If you want to scan code, the command must be run from the code directory.

For a more configurable and extensible version of this command, you can download and use this script, which provides configurable notification emails, in a cron command.


Clamscan will not scan the database, because it does not read binary data.

Even with a regular scan, malware may still be present in the database or in your /tmp directory.