[Wine] Wine runs your malware!

Austin English austinenglish at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 13:55:03 CST 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 1:33 PM, James Mckenzie
<jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote on Feb 24th:
>>2009/2/24 James Mckenzie <jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net>:
>>> 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.)
>>You'd need to be root to attack the partition table or MBR.
> Take a look at the number of folks who report problems who ARE running as root.  Austin English tried to get AJ to change his mind about warning folks when they are running Wine as root, either deliberately to get around several known issues, or accidentally.  I agree that a message should appear when you attempt to run Wine as root, but how is in question.
> James McKenzie

He told me a way that was acceptable, but unfortunately, I don't know
how to implement it quite yet. Anyone with moderate C experience
should be able to do so, however.

If anyone's interested, e-mail/pm me and I'll assist you.

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