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From "James Tauber" <jtau...@jtauber.com>
Subject Re: URGENT: FALSE VIRUS ALERT for Xerces-C and Xerces-P files
Date Sat, 20 May 2000 08:28:04 GMT
Norton Anti-Virus similarly quarantined an email I sent someone saying that
the attachments contained the VBS.NewLove.A virus. The attachments were in
fact, the W3C XML Schema specs in HTML :-)

James

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Pogue <mpogue@apache.org>
To: <pmc@xml.apache.org>; <xerces-c-dev@xml.apache.org>;
<xerces-p-dev@xml.apache.org>; <general@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2000 9:21 PM
Subject: URGENT: FALSE VIRUS ALERT for Xerces-C and Xerces-P files


> We have verified that the latest (5/18/00) anti-virus files from Symantec,
> for use with Norton Anti-Virus, will generate false alarms on certain HTML
> files in Xerces-C and Xerces-P.
>
> You may get an erroneous virus alert, when you unpack the Xerces-C and/or
> Xerces-P ZIP files.
>
> Norton Anti-virus says that the "VBS.NewLove.A" virus is present, when
> in fact it is not. Even minimal 20 line HTML files can be flagged in error
> by Norton.  At least one other person has posted to the Symantec Anti
Virus
> bulletin board, detailing the same problem (see below for the URL).
>
> To repeat:
>
> XERCES-C AND XERCES-P HTML FILES DO NOT CONTAIN THE VBS.NEWLOVE.A VIRUS.
> OTHER HTML FILES MAY ALSO BE AFFECTED.
>
> We are trying to get hold of Symantec as soon as possible, to get them to
> correct the anti-virus detection algorithm.
>
> Here is the Symantec bulletin board post on this:
>
>
http://servicenews.symantec.com/cgi-bin/displayArticle.cgi?article=23019&gro
up=symantec.support.winnt.nortonantivirus.general&mini_version=nav5%2Dnt&pro
duct=nav&product_name=Norton+AntiVirus&submit=Post&version_name=5.0+for+Wind
ows+NT&
>
> Mike


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