Windows Program Support

Scott Ritchie scott at
Fri Nov 9 08:35:39 UTC 2007

Scott Kitterman wrote:
> My initial thought to the is please, please, no don't do this.  I waited a 
> couple of hours to reply and I haven't reconsidered.
> Once you make desirable Windows software easy to install, you've made all 
> Windows software easy to install.  It seems the most common goal in 
> compromising machines these days is to use them as bots.  Compromising a WINE 
> install is sufficient for that.  Running A/V is not a solution on Linux any 
> more than it's consistently effective on Windows (every Windows box I've ever 
> been asked to remove a virus from had a virus scanner installed).
Not exactly - the wineserver must still be running, and it doesn't
launch at startup (you have to do `wine boot` to run Windows startup items).

This, at the least, means that a Windows worm or trojan will not
continue to run after logging out unless it was specifically designed to
target Linux (say, by modifying bashrc.)

Scott Ritchie

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