[lug] Emulation vulnerabilities?

Keith C. Herold herold at cslr.Colorado.EDU
Wed Sep 26 20:30:12 MDT 2001

So I have an entirely naive question to ask:

Does the fact that Wine emulates windows, and will allow users to run
MSOffice within the Linux environment, make the machine vulnerable to the
various Outlook email viruses out there?

I know that Wine is fairly temperamental (sp?), but it occurred to me that
if the software actually emulates within a pseudo environment, it might be
possible to get an email virus to run correctly, even though in theory the
linux security architecture (well, permissions, etc) would otherwise stop
similar attacks (although not actual maliscious VB scripts I hope! :).

Anyone have any idea about this?


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