Facebook Plugin flagged for a virus

Nico Donato (nidonato) nidonato at cisco.com
Thu Jun 16 10:38:22 EDT 2011

Also to clarify your FAQ stipulated that for Security issues to notify
your team first not the owner so I was just following what the FAQ said
to do... but I just successfully got the XMPP login to work I wish I
could swap out the icon for the protocol with the facebook icon.. J 




From: Casey Ho [mailto:me at caseyho.com] 
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:55 AM
To: Nico Donato (nidonato)
Cc: Mark Doliner; security at pidgin.im
Subject: Re: Facebook Plugin flagged for a virus


Hi Nico,


A plugin is no longer needed to use Facebook chat in Pidgin, so you can
safely uninstall the plugin.


See https://www.facebook.com/sitetour/chat.php for instructions on how
to connect Pidgin to Facebook.




On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 1:43 AM, Mark Doliner <mark at kingant.net> wrote:

Hi Nico.  Sorry for not responding earlier--your message got put into a
holding queue because it was over the max file size for emails to this
mailing list, and we didn't notice it until just now.


I strongly suspect that this problem is a false positive (as in it's not
really a virus).  This tends to happen from time to time because:

1. The checks done by anti-virus software are typically dumb

2. Pidgin and Pidgin plugins tend to use the same installer program used
by some viruses (because the installer program is free)


In any case, we're not responsible for the Facebook plugin.  You would
need to contact the author about this.



On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 6:49 AM, Nico Donato (nidonato) <
nidonato at cisco.com> wrote:

	My apologies I didn't read (yes I know) thoroughly the


	Platform: Win 7 64 bit

	Pidgin 2.7.10 

	Libpurp 2.7.10


	I was adding the facebook plugin from googlecode. (its the very
first plugin listed in the plugin download) I was not sure if I should
contact the author or you until I saw how to report security
vulnerability post.

	I simply clicked on and downloaded the exe plugin

	I sent an attached screen shot if you did not get it please let
me know


	OO you probably would want to know the A/v info too


	McAfee version 8.7.0i 

	Scan engine 5400.1158

	DAT 6265.0000 created feb 22 2011 





	Thank you.







	From: Nico Donato (nidonato) 
	Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:30 AM
	To: 'security at pidgin.im'
	Subject: Facebook Plugin flagged for a virus


	Et Al,



	I love pidgin, I will be making a donation at some point to you
guys.  In addition to being a TME for cloud computing and Dist
networking, I also work with the various security consulting firms.
Below I captured trying to get the facebook plugin.



	Heres the response I got:






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