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Project details

Year of inception
Programming language
shell script
Josh Grancell
Latest release
Latest release date

Project health

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Why this tool?

Malscan is a tool to scan for malicious software (malware) such as viruses, worms, and backdoors. Its goal is to extend ClamAV with more scanning modes and signatures. It targets web servers running Linux, but can also be used on mail servers and desktops.

How it works

Malscan has multiple sources for its malware signatures:

  • RFX Networks Signatures
  • Metasploit Signatures
  • Malscan Signatures
  • ClamAV Main Signatures

Detection methods include HEX or MD5 matches, string length (e.g. base64), and MimeType mismatches.

Usage and audience

Malscan is commonly used for malware protection or malware scanning. Target users for this tool are security professionals and system administrators.


  • Command line interface

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + Used language is shell script
  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

Malscan is under development by Josh Grancell.


Supported operating systems

Malscan is known to work on Linux.

Malscan alternatives

Similar tools to Malscan:



MultiScanner is a modular file scanning and analysis framework. It can be used to scan files and detect malware or other suspicious traces. With the help of the modules, it can be extended to provide more details about a file.



ClamAV is an open source antivirus engine. It can detect malicious software (malware) like trojans, viruses, backdoors and other related threats.



Malice is a malware analysis that wants to provide a free and open source version of VirusTotal. Read how the framework works in this review.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a Linux malware detection tool and Linux malware scanner.