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Old 09-11-2003, 07:08 PM   #1
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Question Does WINE transfer vulnerability


1) a security hole in MS Office which, when exploited, turns your computer into a drug-addicted mutant zombie clone from outer space.

2) a computer with 2 partitions. One partition has Windows 98 SE or newer. The other partition has linux (any free distribution).


If I run Word, within linux (only), with WINE (or something similar), will my computer still be vulnerable to turning into a drug-addicted mutant zombie clone from outer space?
Old 09-11-2003, 07:11 PM   #2
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It does to those applications that require wine. It will affect WINE itself, but nothing that is essential on your system, so for example, /usr/bash wouldn't become a Martian or anything

Old 09-11-2003, 08:26 PM   #3
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I think MasterC is right. Wine sort of gives your Windows application a "sandbox" to play in; the worst that could happen is that Wine will crash, or perhaps some of your user-modifiable files will be, well, modified... but there's no way it can do serious damage to your system unless you're running Wine as root, which you shouldn't be doing anyway
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Thanks MasterC and wapcaplet.

I'm thinking of switching to linux, but I'm probably going to have 2 OSs for a while. I would like to minimize duplicating applications. I don't want to switch to OpenOffice until I can no longer use MS Office 2000. At that point, I'll remove Office 2000 and go with OpenOffice. Although I will be keeping Windows for a while, I wanted to try using WINE as much as possible instead of booting to Windows. I didn't want to run Windows applications with WINE if they were going to botch linux.

Now, I just have to find a version of linux I can install easily...

Thanks again.


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