Multiple false positives at people.salixos.org

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Multiple false positives at people.salixos.org

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For some reason, Firefox blocks downloading almost everything form people.salixos.org, saying "This file contains a virus or malware". Just as an example, try to download this one. According to Firefox, pretty much all my packages at people.salixos.org have the same "problem" as well. djemos confirmed that and reported that Chrome does the same.

There is no virus or malware. If in doubt, try to check any of those "infected" packages at VirusTotal: literally none of the scan engines there reports any problem. They are just weird false positives. I don't know if there is anything we can do to fix this, but as it is now, it might scare people for no reason, other than web browsers' nonsense.
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Re: Multiple false positives at people.salixos.org

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This is weird. It turns out firefox is using "google safe browsing" for detecting suspicious sites and warning the user about them. For some reason, that has somehow decided that people.salixos.org is dangerous.

It seems like there is something I can do, at least it gives the impression that I can. First I had to log in to the google search console:
https://search.google.com/search-console

Then I had to prove to google that I actually control the website, by uploading a file to people.salixos.org. Then google showed me that there is 1 issue detected and it has something to do with "downloading malware". There is a section named "Example URLs", but that just says "N/A". I'm guessing that the automated checks that google is doing have somehow decided that since there are so many binary packages there, there must be something wrong (sigh). There is a button to "Submit audit request". I used it, I have no idea if that will actually do anything. I really doubt that any human will ever see that.

Let's wait and see...
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So I just got an email from google that the check is complete and everything is OK after all. The warning has been removed.
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gapan wrote: 24. Nov 2023, 21:17 So I just got an email from google that the check is complete and everything is OK after all. The warning has been removed.
Confirmed. I admit I didn't expect them to fix the problem that fast (probably an automated process that just happened to work for a change?)
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Re: Multiple false positives at people.salixos.org

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Good old shady Salix, that distribution that got some online casino sponsors on their home page!
Did you all got gambling addictions already?
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