Bing Flags VLC's Official Site as Dangerous

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As of now, Bing is flagging the VLC homepage as "dangerous." More specifically, Bing says the site has "indications of malicious activity," was scanned "16 times over the past 30 days," and that the last scan was on November 25, 2018. Techdows, who spotted the warning, did some digging and found that the warning is likely related to a security vulnerability in old versions of VLC that Microsoft disclosed earlier this month. The VideoLAN team doesn't understand why Microsoft is flagging the site, as they claim the files on VLC's homepage are correct.

Supposedly, bing now consider vlc-3.0.4-win64.exe as a malware, which gives an annoying popup. This appeared 2 days ago, and we have no clue how to fix it (yet). We've checked, and the binary has not changed and is still correctly signed...

 

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Hmm I will have to check this theory out. Purely from a scientific perspective of course.

Oh and its probably flagging them because MS has a similar product that they want to sell you...
Totally this, MS doesn't want you to use anything other than native video player. They probably flagged it because its a better quality player with better file type support.
 

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" What!!!!, a company of our magnitude, doesn't go about putting our competitors out of business." I am pro business, until a company gets to be a behemoth and behaves arrogantly, such as the one that are in the news lately, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. I wonder if its all under the banner of Globalization. They claim to have to be as big to stay alive. In Microsoft's case, big doesn't mean better, ask anyone who has had to deal with Oct service pack.
 

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How soon till they lockout chrome downloads by doing the same thing?
 

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So they flag VLC's site because some of the software they provided had a security hole. Does that mean Microsoft is flagged in Bing as well? There have been a few exploits with their software I'm pretty sure.
 

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They're still the "most valuable company in the world" so I doubt they give a damn what any of us thinks.
 

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Yeah just proves people will pay for shit if you make it look nice and claim its a limited edition ;)
It's easier and cheaper to appeal to the ignorant masses than the intelligent minority, you can apply this to almost every facet of capitalism. It's why the 1% stay 1%.
 

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Totally this, MS doesn't want you to use anything other than native video player. They probably flagged it because its a better quality player with better file type support.
VLC is more fast and loose with DRM enforcement. It isn't just Microsoft, it's their friends too.
 

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The Mad Atheist flags Bing as totally useless.
Used it 3 or 4 times, stayed with Goggle.

Bing good for amateur porn!? brb, let me see, expect an edit.....
 

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So whatever they're currently doing it's apparently working.
It is working for their share holders.... moving away from messy products like windows and toward the corporate cloud stick up racket.

We are reminded of how pulling all their decent windows engineers for more important cloud / backbone jobs has effected windows quality every 6 or so months. :)
 

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It is working for their share holders.... moving away from messy products like windows and toward the corporate cloud stick up racket.

We are reminded of how pulling all their decent windows engineers for more important cloud / backbone jobs has effected windows quality every 6 or so months. :)
I think it's a bit exaggerated though. I haven't had any glaring problems with W10 as I did with Vista or 2000 or even the dreaded ME. It's been the best OS since XP for me and I am overall happy with that. Granted there have been some serious issues with auto updates and such but not on a large scale. At the end of the day I still feel in control of my operating system and choose what features to use or not use.
 

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I'm running that version of VLC, and my AV doesn't complain.

Amateur porn is easy to find on Pornhub, wtf...

I like they named this Version "Vetinari", any Pratchett fans will get that. :)
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Any particular search terms I should avoid? ;)
Yes; never EVER search "Taylor Swift Deepfakes", or...

Terry Pratchett, never thought i would dig an author more than Douglas Adams, but i gotta say he was better by a long shot. i wish he had written 50 more books before he passed.
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I was not served the red scary banner. Someone else brave enough to use bing lol?
 

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I too use Bing, cause it's good enough for most things and they pay me to do so. Anything technical I go to google
 

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Another reason to not use Bing. Maybe VLC should put that recommendation directly on their download page.
 

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VLC has always been fishy to me because it installs 3rd party apps. Media Player Classic is what I have been using.
 

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One of the biggest benefits of being a Linux user. Install from distros, forget about it.

Debian/Ubuntu based >sudo apt-get install vlc
Red Hat based >sudo yum install vlc
Arch based >sudo pacman -S vlc

Installed and updated forever. The whole install via some downloaded .exe... its always a mess waiting to happen.
 
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Here hold my beer... A real VLC user compiles it from GIT.. *waits for rocks to be thrown*.. ;)

Which 3rd party libs? I've compiled it from source many times, and to enable core functionality, like.. playing mp3s.. you need liblame.. or if you want to decode most movies, you need the h264 libs. They are just pre-compiled and included in the installer.

I got a lot of love and respect for VLC. it looks like the most bullshit media player on the planet, but what you see in the gui is only about 30% of what it can really do. If you take the time to learn the cli, -sout and its transcoding options.. You can actually create an entire streaming service out of it with its output being udp, http, rtmp, file, in just about any format you could ever want. I used to be very very active on their support forums. It was actually my gateway into diving head first into its big brother.. the mighty ffmpeg.
 

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One of the biggest benefits of being a Linux user. Install from distros, forget about it.

Debian/Ubuntu based >sudo apt-get install vlc
Red Hat based >sudo yum install vlc
Arch based >sudo pacman -S vlc

Installed and updated forever. The whole install via some downloaded .exe... its always a mess waiting to happen.
You are totally right, but the latest redhat / centos installs completely break trans-coding out to h264 due to an upstream change in ffmpeg sometime around early 2017. There is a fix that was submitted in December 2017, but the fix hasn't been added to the mainline ffmpeg branch, so compiling x264, and ffmpeg into vlc fails if you use an official ffmpeg release. You can watch h264 streams, but you cant trans-code from something to h264 and output to a new format at the moment. To clarify, it maybe fixed in the vlc3.X branch, the supported mainline repos barely have the 2.1.X branch available. I last tested with centos 7.6, and the latest repos. The repo maintainers, when compiling vlc, just disabled x264 trans-coding for the timing being. The everyday person most likely wouldnt notice this change, but I did and broke some functionality that I developed over the years. Recently went all ffmpeg instead.
 
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