Malware on Wine review

Ben Klein shacklein at
Mon Feb 23 17:23:38 CST 2009

2009/2/24 Dan Kegel <dank at>:
> is an interesting report; all the malware he tried ran
> to at least some extent on wine.
> One interesting bit of advice he gives at the end is
> "Do not set the file association for Windows executables with Wine.
> This would enable running Windows executables in Wine by simply double
> clicking them."
> I saw a patch floating by to turn this on by default recently.  Maybe
> we should make it off by default, but easy to turn on...?

This would annoy all the people that the association targets. We can
either make it easy to run all Windows apps (malware and legit) via
file manager, or none at all.

Personally, I don't really care. I tend to run wine from a terminal
anyway so I can watch the pretty fixmes. But if it was my decision,
I'd probably err on the side of security.

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