Exclude cygwin folder from malware scans?
Mon Jan 8 00:37:00 GMT 2007
Fred Ma wrote:
> After some surfing, I haven't found any evidence of malware targetting
> cygwin. I'm considering excluding the massive file tree from scans
> (AV, SpyBot, AdAware). I'd be interested in more experienced opinions
> about this. Thanks.
> Any such reports on this list in the past have later been shown to
> be problems with the software that claims to have found a fault in
> Cygwin. Such is the reasoning behind the following FAQ:
> There has actually been more evidence to support that virus
> scanners, firewalls, and spyware detection programs *cause* Cygwin
> problems by interfering with its proper operation. You can see such
> reports and the subsequent resolutions (un-install faulty security
> software) in the email archives.
I haven't had any problems in that regard (malware scanners
interfering with cygwin or having false positives), though I don't
doubt that it has happened before. I was more wondering about the
wisdom of taking the plunge and excluding the cygwin directory tree
from future scans based on the past track record of not being
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