Anti-Virus vendors & warnings

Michael Meeks michael.meeks at
Thu Oct 2 05:54:58 PDT 2014

On Thu, 2014-10-02 at 08:38 -0400, nicholas ferguson wrote:
> [nicholas ferguson] 
> I was able to reproduce Norton killing of genrb.exe ...  This will give you
> an example to consider a proper solution.  And this highlights the gravity.
> genrb.exe is a major player in building even a release mode...correct?

	Actually, I've no idea =) looks like it's an incidental ICU tool that
is compiled; whether it is actually -used- would need further
investigation. Assuming it is not used (quite possible) - then
not-compiling that thing is (perhaps) an easy first step to improve

	git grep genrb

	suggests that it's not used. Any chance you could look into that ? I
assume we are re-using ICU's internal make stuff and we need to patch
more bits out that are not used.

> then run norton antivirus against that folder
> It will remove genrb.exe

	Most interesting; so - I guess failing the "don't compile it" easy hack
- it might be interesting to binary chop the 'virus' compiled out of the
pristine ICU source ;-) perhaps we could use it as a tiny fingerprint to
write a "lame virus checker" detector.




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