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Bug#442225: installer triggers anti-virus detection

On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 05:01:42PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> Robert Millan wrote:
> > Now that I think of it, the affected file was nsisdl.dll, which is the plugin
> > used to download stuff in network mode.  This isn't used in the CDs.
> Will virus scanners still falsely detect a virus signature[1] in the
> file even though it's not used?

Well, I haven't checked, but in theory that dll shouldn't be present at all!

> BTW, google for "nsisdl virus" is interesting:
> http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=172956

Interesting.  I doubt the problem will be widespread among antivirus software

> [1] If they're not just assuming that some virii use nsisdl,
>     therefore any instance of it == virus!

Yeah, and nc.exe is a virus too :-)

Robert Millan

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