wine virus story

Edward Savage epssyis at
Thu Mar 13 13:12:00 CDT 2008

I remember my last attempt to run a virus under wine caused a total
loss of my .wine structure but didn't manage to cause any damage to my
sandbox (including a juicy fake address list).  I was really let down
as I expected carnage.

Just as a silly outside thought; would it be worth keeping track of
some of the bigger windows virus so we can see how good wine
compatibiliy with all of the nitty gritty bugs of windows really is?
Also this would allow us to identify dangerous areas in wine were the
ability to affect the linux environment cross over.

On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 3:27 AM, Marcus Meissner <meissner at> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 08:32:23AM -0700, Dan Kegel wrote:
>  >
>  >
>  > "I had set her up with a perfect Wine install. She had a bit
>  > of software that needed to run under wine and I had shown her
>  > how to install within that environment. Apparently, I wasn't
>  > specific enough. It never occurred to Paula that the .exe
>  > programs she had used on her XP machine were the vehicles for
>  > many of her present viruses. To her, it was perfectly fine to
>  > use those same .exe's...after all, she was in Linux, right?
>  >
>  > I got there within the same hour and checked her
>  > machine. Yep...Windows viruses will reside and create the same
>  > havoc within a Wine environment. Now, I've seen it with my own
>  > eyes. This time I reinstalled for her and made sure I found
>  > all the infected .exe's on the Windows side and deleted them."
>  Fortunately you can run clamscan -r ~/.wine/ without much
>  fear for rootkits hiding the virii.
>  Ciao, Marcus

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