Ubuntu, Wine, and viruses

Peter N Spotts pspotts at alum.mit.edu
Thu Sep 13 01:48:34 UTC 2007


I ran a virus scan today and found six infected files -- all, not
surprisingly, attached to system files under wine. Just out of
curiosity, how do viruses end up there? Such beauties as Win32:Parite
and VBS:Malware. Wine doesn't run unless specifically invoked with a
program, so even if I could open an *.exe file attached to an email, it
wouldn't run. And I never run a browser or email client under wine; all
are Linux based. The wine install itself came from Wine's website
(debian package). Just curious...

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