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Old 05-20-2004, 01:58 AM   #1
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does wine make me vulnerable to windows virii?

if i get wine, will windows virii be able to damage my computer?
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Well maybe, if you're running WINE as root.
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Both of those answers are inaccurate. You can get Windows viruses via Wine through the following routes:

- Running programs from a Windows partition that were infected by a polymorph such as W32/Bagel. This has actually happened to me. The virus ran happily in the background and I only noticed it was there as I am a Wine developer and was working on it at the time. Obviously if this happens your virtual windows drive is infected and must be destroyed.

- Running Internet Explorer is a good way to pick up viruses from the usual IE related exploits

Running as root won't make any difference, you can be infected by any virus: Windows or Linux, even when operating as a standard user.

Be vigilant and you'll be OK. Infections via Wine are a very rare thing, especially if you always use a virtual Windows drive and install your programs into it (this is the default mode for Wine).


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