ESETS update utility

To maintain the effectiveness of ESET Mail Security, the virus signature database must be kept up to date. The esets_update utility has been developed specifically for this purpose. See the esets_update(8) man page for details. To launch an update, the configuration options ‘av_update_username’ and ‘av_update_password’ must be defined in the [global] section of the ESETS configuration file. In the event that your server accesses the Internet via HTTP proxy, the additional configuration options ‘proxy_addr’, ‘proxy_port’ must be defined. If access to the HTTP proxy requires a username and password, the ‘proxy_username’ and ‘proxy_password’ options must also be defined in this section. To initiate an update, enter the following command:


Note: If you have a fully functional ESET File/Gateway Security for Linux and FreeBSD installation and you wish to expand it by adding ESET Mail Security, you will need to set your new username and password for ESET Mail Security either in the ESETS configuration file, or in the web interface. This will prevent possible issues with updates in ESETS.

To provide the highest possible security for the end user, the ESET team continuously collects virus definitions from all over the world - new patterns are added to the virus signature database in very short intervals. For this reason, we recommend that updates be initiated on a regular basis. To be able to specify the frequency of updates, you need to configure the ‘@update’ task in the ‘scheduler_tasks’ option in the [global] section of the ESETS configuration file. You can also use the Scheduler to set the update frequency. The ESETS daemon must be up and running in order to successfully update the virus signature database.