Windows Program Support
scott at open-vote.org
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.)
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