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I have set up an Alfresco document management server and an extension that claims to block virus-infected documents from being uploaded to the server.

Now I want to test it with files infected with a variety of commonly found viruses.
Is there a freely reusable repository of such files?

  • Of course .exe viruses should be present, but also .doc files or .pdf files that are specially-crafted to trigger privilege escalation and attacks in Word or Acrobat, for instance.
  • For obvious reason, the files should be distributed within an archive file.
  • As recent and representative as possible.
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  1. This discussion is old but it might still help you. It points to this page on EICAR which is still up. Another site to grab the EICAR test file.
  • The EICAR page says: "it is not a virus, and does not include any fragments of viral code. Most products react to it as if it were a virus" – Nicolas Raoul Feb 1 '16 at 5:02
  • @Nicolas It would only prove that your extension catches EICAR, and indeed not all the other infection vectors. There are two things that you can look at that would prove the opposite, i.e. don't rely on your extension: 1) It does not catch EICAR 2) It does not have regular virus signature updates – user4293 Feb 1 '16 at 15:17
  • "it is not a virus, and does not include any fragments of viral code. Most products react to it as if it were a virus". That just means it's not a true virus intent on wreaking havoc on your PC, nor does it replicate, but it has code that looks like a virus. It still should be ID'd as a virus by a virus scanner. Thus my suggestion as a starting point, since a Google search yielded nothing else. – Bulrush Feb 2 '16 at 10:00

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