Windows viruses hitting linux via network shares

Ries van twisk rvt at
Tue Sep 25 21:52:02 GMT 2001

a windows virus kan only do any arm in shares where the current windows
user as write access to.
This simple means that you must setup your folder so with minimal
permissions which is good in any situation.

I created a shared folder for the perpose of sharing files between
different user groups.


Joel Hammer wrote:
> Yet another virus is on us. This one comes via windows and when executed
> will erase your hard drive, or whatever.
> I have a home network with windows clients on it. So far, nobody has done
> the unthinkable, but they might some day.
> I have all the boxes hooked together with a samba network. Seems to work OK.
> I have all the clients as guest = ftp. This means that they couldn't write
> to most of my directories (or erase them) but there are plenty of files and
> probably some directories which are world writeable and erasable.
> So, question is, if one of these malicious viruses executed on a windows
> client, how much damage would one expect to the world writable directories
> and files on my linux boxes (Forget the windows boxes. I would gladly tell
> my windows users it was a shame.)
> While I await the answer, I am going to change all my shares to read only.
> On second thought, using the magic of samba, I'll let the linux boxes have write privileges.
> Joel
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