How do you insure that a file uploaded through web page is safe?

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How do you insure that a file uploaded through web page is safe?  On our site, we plan to allow users to upload PDFs and TIFF images, but are worried that someone could purposely or by mistake upload a file virus.  Are there any programs that can be used to scrub such files?  I understand that it is possible to download the files and have our system antivirus software deal with the threat, but that seems like asking for trouble.


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  • TomLiotta

    ...it is possible to download the files and have our system antivirus software deal with the threat, but that seems like asking for trouble.

    Why "trouble"? That's something your AV solution is supposed to do.

    Your total environment is not clear, so variations might be needed. But the uploads should not be placed into an area that is accessible for downloads, nor should an uploaded file be handled by your apps until scrubbing has happened and the file has been moved to a separate approved directory. Any number of additional requirements might need attention depending on restrictions that you operate under.

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