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Old 01-24-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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Is wine safe to use or am I at greater risk by installing ??


Is it safe to use wine on linux or am I at greater risk by installing it ??

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:41 PM   #2
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no, wine is perfectly safe to use, although i'm not sure what you mean by "risk"
 
Old 01-24-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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if you are worried about windows viruses and stuff, the worst a program running under wine can do is mess up your wine "installation" (inside your ~/.wine)
 
Old 01-24-2008, 08:46 PM   #4
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No, it can effect whatever the user that is using wine can effect. That is one of the many reasons one should not run things like wine as root.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:00 PM   #5
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No, it can effect whatever the user that is using wine can effect.
not true, unless there is a bug/vulnerability in wine. Any program can affect whatever the user can affect theoratically.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:02 PM   #6
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Yes, whichever directories that a user has setup as writable (check in winecfg) can be written to by any program run under wine. Having said that the chances of coming across anything bad is probably quite rare. Most viruses and exploits these days would come through email, across the internet via unprotected ports, or in office documents (macros), so you have to be careful about what you are running and opening.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:03 PM   #7
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whichever directories that a user has setup as writable (check in winecfg) can be written to by any program run under wine
hmm, didn't think about that. Stand corrected.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:09 PM   #8
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Wine is not Windows. Security holes Windows has do not exist in Wine. Wine may have it's own security holes, it doesn't matter. Windows viruses looking for familiar environment are literally stranded.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:53 PM   #9
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This article is a couple years old, but may be worth a read:
http://www.linux.com/articles/42031
 
Old 01-26-2008, 12:29 PM   #10
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wine risk

Thank you one and all....I feel secure enough now to use wine to install some windows .exe's that I like.

Rob
 
  


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