I've recently noticed a frustrating niggle... When processing email, an Ubuntu Server (with all the updates applied) reports "Permission denied" when trying to virus scan attachments.
Apr 2 14:05:20 svr amavis: (06376-01) (!)run_av (ClamAV-clamd) FAILED - unexpected , output="/var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/parts: lstat() failed: Permission denied. ERROR\n" Apr 2 14:05:20 svr amavis: (06376-01) (!)ClamAV-clamd av-scanner FAILED: CODE(0x30cf250) unexpected , output="/var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/parts: lstat() failed: Permission denied. ERROR\n" at (eval 136) line 899. Apr 2 14:05:20 svr amavis: (06376-01) (!)WARN: all primary virus scanners failed, considering backups
When I look at the directories in question, I see this:
$ ls -ld /var/lib/amavis/tmp drwxrwx--- 4 amavis amavis 4096 Apr 2 14:16 /var/lib/amavis/tmp $ ls -ld /var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/ drwxr-x--- 3 amavis amavis 4096 Apr 2 14:05 /var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/ $ ls -ld /var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/parts drwxr-x--- 2 amavis amavis 4096 Apr 2 14:16 /var/lib/amavis/tmp/amavis-20150402T140519-06376-PZcyHfOt/parts
I made sure the clamd user is a member of the amavisd group - but this didn't fix anything. Can anyone tell me, specifically, which component wants what permissions - and... ideally... what to do to fix this?
Clarification: I am not looking for explanations of the fundamentals of permissions. I am looking for a solution appropriate to this specific problem - which, at first glance, at least, looks as if a component of the amavis suite (perhaps clamd) is using the wrong umask value. Of course, this fault may have arisen as a result of a number of bugs or configuration glitches. I am looking, specifically, for the most appropriate resolution for this case... where a 'vanilla' amavis/clamav install fails to access the contents of temporary folders it creates as/when required to scan inbound email.
I am aware of this similar (non-Ubuntu) question. The Redhat/Centos answer doesn't solve the problem I experience with Ubuntu.
This problem is encountered on "Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS" - there are no pending updates.