Bug 3729 - Norton antivirus flags msbuild as a threat and removes it
Summary: Norton antivirus flags msbuild as a threat and removes it
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: MSBuild ()
Version: 4.0
Hardware: PC Windows
: --- enhancement
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-03-02 14:56 UTC by PJ
Modified: 2012-03-09 00:45 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description PJ 2012-03-02 14:56:05 UTC
I installed Norton on a VM with the current stable products installed, and Norton flagged msbuild.

From Norton: http://screencast.com/t/F1ehjBpUXkL

And then this output in MD: https://gist.github.com/1960600 (MSBuild errors. Not surprising!)

While this is a problem with the way Norton identifies suspicious files, we should try to find some good workarounds for this issue so users with Norton installed can still use MfA.

This issue was reported here: https://xamarin.desk.com/agent/case/6703

Windows 7 VM
MfA 4.0.4
Comment 1 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2012-03-02 16:30:44 UTC
Norton's heuristic is probably triggered by the way that we generate multiple versions of MonoDevelop.Projects.Formats.MSBuild.exe into the cache directory at runtime.

We can probably work around this by building all the versions at compile time and shipping them in the MD bin directory.
Comment 2 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2012-03-02 22:36:33 UTC
Implemented the workaround in master, should we backport to 2.8.x?
Comment 3 Mikayla Hutchinson [MSFT] 2012-03-02 22:37:05 UTC
Commit is 7585c51c8a47603322dd4083ba799f5f5396140e
Comment 4 PJ 2012-03-08 11:32:07 UTC
Checked the commit .msi, verified fixed.