[Wine] Wine runs your malware!

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 12:21:23 CST 2009

2009/2/24 kareeser <wineforum-user at winehq.org>:

> Windows malware cannot affect the Linux filesystem, just as most viruses can't do much damage to a Linux filesystem.
> 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.

Ah, stuff running under Wine runs as you. So it can change any file
you can. Which means your entire home directory, i.e. anything you
actually care about.

(For added points: a sufficiently obnoxious piece of malware could
easily put itself in a quiet corner of your home folder, set itself to
restart as a cron or at job, listen to the net on a high port as you,
send email on port 25 as you ... that's just obvious stuff off the top
of my head.)

- d.

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