[Wine] Wine runs your malware!

James Mckenzie jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 24 12:19:15 CST 2009

kareeser <wineforum-user at winehq.org> wrote on Feb 24th:
>Windows malware cannot affect the Linux filesystem, just as most viruses can't do much damage to a
>Linux filesystem.

What about sector 0 viruses and those that wipe the Partition table?  Yes, FAT and NTFS viruses cannot do anything to your system as well as those that only affect DOS and Windows executibles.  However, if you get hit with MonkeyB (look it up, its a partition virus), it may run in Wine and it will definitely ruin your day (hope you had a good backup, like I did.)

>It has to do with the limited permissions given. Therefore, if you get malware from using iexplore.exe, it will only affect files in your virtual WINE C drive.

True, if the virus only affects files.  See the above.

James McKenzie

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