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Heur.AdvML.B Detected in C++ Boost Library & Visual Studio

Recently started receiving Heur.AdvML.B Auto-Protect exceptions where the indication for the issue is the C++ boost library use of zstd.exe. The error is only reported when testing applications using the Visual Studio debug environment (far as I can tell). I have scanned all of the zstd.exe files located in the boost vcpkg deployment without any Norton findings reported (scan now/file Insight). 

I assume this is a false positive indication and can be ignored.

Norton 360: version 22.23.6.5
Window 10 pro: 22H2, build 19045.3393

The File Insight info is below:
Filename: Heur.AdvML.B
Full Path: Not Available
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On computers as of Not Available
Last Used      09/01/23 at 10:39:31

Startup Item No
Launched No
Threat type: Heuristic Virus. Detection of a threat based on malware heuristics.
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Heur.AdvML.B
Locate Unknown
It is unknown how many users in the Norton Community have used this file.

Unknown This file release is currently not known.

High This file risk is high.
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Source: External Media
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File Actions

File:................\vcpkg\buildtrees\boost-iostreams\x86-windows-dbg\boost\standalone\ac\be5942cda3c3f2780e89dae0e486e1dd\zstd.exe No fix attempted
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File Thumbprint - SHA: Not available
File Thumbprint - MD5: Not available
 

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Re: Heur.AdvML.B Detected in C++ Boost Library & Visual Studio

When developing software, there can be code added for debugging and diagnosing bugs. When this code runs, Norton can detect it as malicious. 

As a developer, you need to create a master folder for all your projects. Then exclude that folder and all sub folders from Both items in the image below. 
 


 

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Re: Heur.AdvML.B Detected in C++ Boost Library & Visual Studio

Thanks!,

I was a bit surprised as this just started happening recently. I already exclude my development area but had left the vcpkg path and other 3rd party development content active for scanning on the off-chance something gets slipped into the providers repository that is introduced during regeneration of the library content.

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