Flock Spellbound malware issue

Killeroid has reported that the latest release of Flock is being detected as malware on Windows and Linux machines. This appears to be linked the Spellbound JAR file, which is used in our blog editor’s spell checker. We’ve all but determined that it’s a false positive and that there’s nothing to worry about.

The malware signature that Spellbound matches is actually quite generic and applies to many zip files (JAR files are just zip files), which again leads us to the conclusion that this is a false positive.

Anyway, we’ll keep you posted as we get to the root of this. Very strange indeed! 

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

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