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reesd

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thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« on: April 15, 2011, 03:15:55 PM »
How can I verify that Avast is scanning my NNTP traffic with Thunderbird? I don't see anything happening in the mail shield, Mail.log, or EmailShield.txt (and I have it set to report all items).

My server is with news.mozilla.org:119.

With NNTP connection security set to "None" I see nothing.

With NNTP set to SSL I see the following in Mail.log:
4/15/2011   8:52:31 AM   000015E0:   Cannot connect to NNTP server 216.196.97.169 (216.196.97.169:563), connect error 10060

Thanks,
dave


Hermite15

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 03:21:32 PM »
mail shield doesn't scan nntp protocol, that's by design. Just POP/IMAP/SMTP

oups sorry it does ;D
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 03:24:06 PM by Logos »

Hermite15

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 03:28:35 PM »
this said I'm not subscribed to any newsgroups, so I can't test that.

sded

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 04:00:15 PM »
If you have Mail Shield set up to scan NNTP, you should see any messages you read in the "last e-mail scanned" field in the Mail Shield.  I am using Agent, not Thunderbird, but should work the same.  See attachment.  Your NNTP server is probably not using SSL; mine isn't.  These are public messages, so SSL is ???

reesd

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 04:26:43 PM »
If you have Mail Shield set up to scan NNTP, you should see any messages you read in the "last e-mail scanned" field in the Mail Shield.  I am using Agent, not Thunderbird, but should work the same.  See attachment.  Your NNTP server is probably not using SSL; mine isn't.  These are public messages, so SSL is

Thank you for the screenshot, I can verify I am not seeing that. And I know Thunderbird is downloading new NNTP messages and to be sure I am even reading them inside Thunderbird.

I'll add that with NNTP (vs IMAP from gmail), I really want to be sure the messages are being scanned.

Any other suggestions on how to troubleshoot?

Thanks,
dave

sded

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2011, 04:40:46 PM »
Other settings for NNTP:
Under Mail Shield/Expert Settings/SSL accounts be sure that your news server is listed, port 119, no encryption; under main setttings "scan nntp messages"
Under the main page Settings/Troubleshooting/Redirect Settings be sure port 119 is listed
You say everything looks normal in TB; you are downloading the headers as requested and able to read the messages?  And your server settings there are port 119/no SSL?
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 04:48:16 PM by sded »

sded

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2011, 04:59:15 PM »
Went ahead and set up a news.mozilla.org account in TB and downloaded a few messages.  Avast! worked fine there too; maybe a settings problem?  What OS are you using?  Only the messages you actually read will show up as scanned; not the headers.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 05:16:09 PM by sded »

Hermite15

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2011, 05:11:51 PM »
yes works fine here as well

reesd

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2011, 05:59:13 PM »
Thank you for trying it out, I don't know what I am missing.

I just started from scratch and am still seeing nothing in Avast:

  • Created a blank Thunderbird Profile (using -profilemanager option)
  • Created a Newgroup account for news.mozilla.org [attached image 12]
  • Subscribed to mozilla.dev.platform [attached image 13]
  • Downloaded the last 500 headers
  • Clicked on a few of the messages [attached image 14]

And still nothing in avast GUI or EmailShield.txt [attached image 15]

Versions:

Avast 6.0.10000
Avast Definitions 110415-0
Windows XP Pro SP3
Thunderbird 3.1.9

What else should I be trying here?

Thanks,
dave

reesd

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2011, 06:01:24 PM »
Other image I couldn't attach due to size limits.

reesd

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2011, 06:02:46 PM »
And also screenshots of my avast settings [attached images 16, 17].

Hopefully all these images don't get me banned (again :)

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2011, 06:12:36 PM »
After setting up nntp account: did you close & restart TB?
Thats what I had to do.
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Hermite15

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 06:19:43 PM »
no restart needed here, as soon as subscriptions to groups are done, messages are flowing and get scanned...

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2011, 06:23:21 PM »
no restart needed here, as soon as subscriptions to groups are done, messages are flowing and get scanned...

Yeah, I had nntp-scanning disabled when creating the feed, so Avast did not pick up the server settings. I enabled nntp in Avast and then had to do a restart of TB to make Avast recognize it... thought it was worth a try.
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sded

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Re: thunderbird nntp - how to verify avast is scanning
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2011, 06:26:38 PM »
What about the settings for mail shield/ssl accounts and main settings/redirects?