I'm running a CentOS freash out of Azure, with ClamAV installed on it, by running the following commands:

  yum install -y epel-release
  yum install -y clamav

When installed, I'm running the following command to update the various databases: freshclam

I get the following output (Last part of the output):

Time: 0.1s, ETA: 0.0s [=============================>] 657.84KiB/657.84KiB
Downloading database patch # 25864...
Time: 0.2s, ETA: 0.0s [=============================>] 992.77KiB/992.77KiB
Downloading database patch # 25865...
Time: 0.1s, ETA: 0.0s [=============================>] 903.99KiB/903.99KiB
Testing database: '/var/lib/clamav/tmp.628c5/clamav-a8e48a60b669aa6a0211c18d734f61be.tmp-daily.cld'     ...
ERROR: Database load killed by signal 9
ERROR: Database test FAILED.
ERROR: Unexpected error when attempting to update database: daily
WARNING: fc_update_databases: fc_update_database failed: Test failed (8)
ERROR: Database update process failed: Test failed (8)
ERROR: Update failed.

I find it weird that no other has had the same issue using the distro, as I have not any super specific steps, just followed steps from the page. Hope someone is able to help me...

1 Answer 1


I have the simmilar OS in my environment, I got everything to work by running the below commands:

    yum install -y -q  epel-release
    yum install -y -q clamav-server clamav-data clamav-update clamav-filesystem clamav clamav-scanner-systemd clamav-devel clamav-lib clamav-server-systemd

    setsebool -P antivirus_can_scan_system 1

    sed -i -e "s/^Example/#Example/" /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf
    sed -i -e "s/^Example/#Example/" /etc/freshclam.conf

    sed -i 's/^#LocalSocket \/run\/clamd.scan\/clamd.soc/LocalSocket \/run\/clamd.scan\/clamd.soc/' /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf


    systemctl enable clamav-freshclam.service
    systemctl start clamav-freshclam.service
    systemctl enable clamd@scan
    systemctl start clamd@scan

Note: If freshclam still won't update the database, it might be that your host does not have enough ram (try with at least 1,5GB of ram)

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