PRESS: run windows viruses with wine ...

Brad DeMorrow brad at
Thu Jan 27 21:59:24 CST 2005

David D. Hagood wrote:
> On 01/27/2005 03:03 PM, Troy Rollo wrote:
>> Even if they don't run Outlook Express, with Linux 2.6 there is a 
>> facility to have the kernel recognise foreign executable file formats 
>> and run them by means of another executable. If used to run Wine 
>> executables (and somebody on /. yesterday indicated they had done 
>> this), it makes Windows executables as easy to run as native Linux 
>> executables ("program.exe" works just as well as "wine program.exe" in 
>> such a case).
> Yes, but then the kernel will only execute the file IF it has execute 
> permissions - so when the worm drops BackOriface.exe on your drive and 
> tries to run it, it won't as it won't have had the +x bit set.
> And a worm smart enough to realize it is running under Wine and able to 
> make the syscall to set the +x bit probably will be smart enough to get 
> a native executable for the infection.
I see I've stirred up a lot of different opinions and interesting points 
regarding this particular topic :)

Anyway - I can see that a few of my statements weren't completely true. 
    More of my intention was to make it a point that such information 
should probably be made more publicly known.  I'm well aware that the 
status of wine is constantly changing - and that the more windows 
applications we are able to run - the more viruses we are also able to 
run, however, I have explained the current status of wine's potential 
risk of being infected by a virus to more than a few people - and it 
appears to be very important information(which it should be) to many 
businesses and the like.

I know there is a lot of things currently going on with wine, and such a 
task is not a top priority - especially for the developers, however, I'd 
be happy to work with someone to put together a summary of this 
information that could be put on the site - if it's at all feasible to 
do such a thing.

Thank you all who took the time to read my post and reply - I appreciate it.

--Brad DeMorrow

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