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Re: [SLE] Win4Lin Pro: Will it keep XP and IE6 vulnerabities secure fromattack?
  • From: Doug McGarrett <dmcgarrett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 20:06:15 -0500
  • Message-id: <0ICP00DWO9PU0L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 07:09 PM 3/1/2005 -0800, AndyYankovich wrote:
>
>On Feb 21 Win4Lin announced its new Pro edition, saying Windows 2000 and
>Win XP applications can now be used safely by Linux users without fear
>of Microsoft's virus prone operating system affecting Linux computers.
>One part of the announcement is quoted as follows:
>
>"With the stable Linux architecture as its foundation, Win4Lin Pro
>protects PCs from Windows viruses and other prevalent forms of malware.
>Win4Lin Pro limits the impact of a Windows system failure or security
>flaw to only the virtual sandbox in which the applications are running.
>Thus Windows malfunctions cannot cause system-wide failures."
>
>I make frequent use of a one gigabite bible software program called
>Libronix from Logos Software whose tech support people said: "Libronix
>piggybacks on IE6 DLLs as a major part" of its integrated system.
>
>Since I need the IE6 DLLs, and cannot separate IE6 from Windows XP, I
>cannot use WINE. Rather, I need the entire Win XP installed in the
>Win4Lin Pro shell. I am assuming this would permit me to use Libronix in
>SuSE Pro 9.2.
>
>Does this sound correct to you guys?
>
>Will 'installing' Win XP into Win4Lin Pro (is that terminology correct?)
>open my Linux system to Windows' vulnerability to viruses and other bad
>things? The "virtual sandbox" discussed in paragraph two would contain,
>in my case, only WinXP (including IE6) and the Libronix Bible software.
>
>Since I write some biblical-thought papers, I would need a word
>processor available to extract and assimilate info from various Bible
>versions and many commentaries. OpenOffice.org would work OK but would
>be outside my "virtual sandbox".
>
>I don't know enough about how "vulnerabilities" are exploited to know if
>my computer system would be open to attack if I would use Win4Lin Pro
>this way. What do you much more knowlegeable people think?
>
>Many thanks for reading thru all this and for any help you may give.
>Andy
>
/snip/

On the Windows version of Firefox, there is a plugin that lets it
imitate the MS Internet Explorer. I wonder if that plugin is
available for Linux? I forget where I found the plugin.
--doug




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