Veracode error with SetWindowsHookEx win API call

Aswin mc 0 Reputation points

I am getting an Embedded Malicious Code (CWE ID 506) error while using the SetWindowsHookEx win API call and running a Veracode security scan. The error message states that this technique is typically used by rootkits or other malicious code. Can anyone help me resolve this error?

Windows API - Win32
Windows API - Win32
A core set of Windows application programming interfaces (APIs) for desktop and server applications. Previously known as Win32 API.
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  1. Jeanine Zhang-MSFT 9,346 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    Use the Win32 API (SetWindowsHookExA function) to place a hook, which may indicate malicious behavior. DLL injection can be used for legitimate purposes; However, it is also a common technique used by rootkits to execute malicious code.

    If your application is designed to inject a DLL into another process, you don't need to take any action. Otherwise, this code should be double-checked, as it is indicative of a rootkit or other malicious code.

    Thank you.


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