TALPA modules fail to load if built with a different version of GCC from that used by the kernel

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  • Updated: 07 Aug 2013

The Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux on-access scanning Talpa modules fail to load if they have been built with a different version of GCC (the C compiler) from that used to build the kernel. 

This will only affect you if you use custom compiled Talpa binaries, and have installed a second version of GCC.

Users of Sophos precompiled binaries will not be affected by this issue.

What to do

  1. Delete the binary pack from the /opt/sophos-av/talpa/compiled directory.
  2. Start sav-protect (the on-access scanner for Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux) with a PATH that does not include the other version of GCC.

It can be stopped/started/restarted from /etc/init.d/

The command that you would run if you have multiple versions of gcc active on your system would be:

PATH=<trimmed path>  /etc/init.d/sav-protect restart

Note: <trimmed path> must only have the main/kernel compiling gcc in it.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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