Golang : Simple file scaning and remove virus example

Just for fun, for this tutorial, we will simulate a simple anti-virus program. Let's create a simple file scanner that will detect a virus signature and remove the bytes associated with the file virus.

Now, this is a trivial example, it looks for a string that has been identified as a virus body and will remove the entire body of the virus. It won't be able to detect obfuscated/polymorphic virus code. You will have to add your own "advanced" features into the code.

The code example below will attempt to scan a file block by block and report to you where it detected a virus/virii base on a given signature.

Here you go!


 package main

 import (

 // because in this example we will scan a small file
 // we just settle for 1KB chunk per block

 const fileChunk = 1024

 var (
 virusSignature = []byte("<hello I am a computer virus. yeah!>")
 startSignature = "<hello"
 endSignature = "yeah!>"

 func main() {
 if len(os.Args) != 2 {
 fmt.Printf("Usage : %s <filename to scan> \n", os.Args[0])

 fileToScan := os.Args[1]

 fmt.Printf("Scanning %s....\n", fileToScan)

 file, err := os.Open(fileToScan)
 if err != nil {
 fmt.Println("Unable to open file : ", err)

 defer file.Close()

 // calculate the file size
 info, _ := file.Stat()

 filesize := info.Size()

 blocks := uint64(math.Ceil(float64(filesize) / float64(fileChunk)))

 // we scan the file for virusSignature
 // block by block

 for i := uint64(0); i < blocks; i++ {

 blocksize := int(math.Min(fileChunk, float64(filesize-int64(i*fileChunk))))
 buf := make([]byte, blocksize)

 fmt.Printf("Scanning block #%d , size of %d\n", i, blocksize)


 if strings.Contains(string(buf), string(virusSignature)) {
 fmt.Println("Found virus signature at block # : ", i)

 // we want to find the out start and end positions of the signature
 start := strings.Index(string(buf), startSignature)
 end := strings.LastIndex(string(buf), endSignature)

 // sanity check - verify
 fmt.Println("Virus signature size is : ", len(virusSignature))

 // because of LastIndex returning the first index
 // calcuting (end - start) alone will be inaccurate.
 // we need to compensate for len(endSignature)

 virusSize := ((end - start) + len(endSignature))
 fmt.Println("Detected virus size is : ", virusSize)

 // calculate start and end positions(offsets) relative to file
 // you can use this information for ReadAt() or Seek() operations
 // but because this is a simple virus scanner and removal
 // we will just use the bytes.Replace() function below

 startPosition := (i * fileChunk) + uint64(start)
 endPosition := startPosition + uint64(virusSize)
 fmt.Println("Infection start position : ", startPosition)
 fmt.Println("Infection end position : ", endPosition)

 //ok, let us create a new file without the virus signature
 // ignoring error for simplicty sake
 infectedFile, _ := ioutil.ReadFile(fileToScan)

 cleanedFile := bytes.Replace(infectedFile, virusSignature, []byte(""), -1)

 if err = ioutil.WriteFile("cleanedFile", cleanedFile, 0666); err != nil {

 fmt.Printf("Disinfected %s and saved clean file to cleanedFile.\n", fileToScan)


Sample output of scanning a text file:

./antivirus suspiciousFile.go

Scanning suspiciousFile.go....

Scanning block #0 , size of 196

Found virus signature at block # : 0

Virus signature size is : 36

Detected virus size is : 36

Infection start position : 76

Infection end position : 112

Disinfected suspiciousFile.go and saved clean file to cleanedFile.

and the suspiciousFile.go / cleanedFile content.

 package main

 import "fmt"

 func virusFunc() {

 greeting := []byte("<hello I am a computer virus. yeah!>")


 func main() {
 fmt.Printf("Hello World!\n")

cleanedFile - notice the diff?

 package main

 import "fmt"

 func virusFunc() {

 greeting := []byte("")


 func main() {
 fmt.Printf("Hello World!\n")

try scanning a binary file that has the virus signature, it works as well.

Happy coding!








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By Adam Ng

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