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How will a root kit virus affect the Mac OS if it infects the hard drive partition?

Can the Mac Mail communicate with a Microsoft Outlook Exchange server. If not, how about Entourage?

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Try entourage for the mail server.

 

I have no reason to believe root kit would infect a mac, but i would have to research it.

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If your talking about sony rootkit (DRM Management) then no, it cannot work on a mac. It willl act like a regular disc.

 

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I am talking about a root kit virus. If it hits a HD when running Windows

in a partition, will it affect the Mac OS prtition as well?

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No!!! Windows cannot read/write Mac OS X partitions, so it would not make a differencce in the mac side.

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I am talking about a root kit virus. If it hits a HD when running Windows

in a partition, will it affect the Mac OS prtition as well?

 

In the case where you are using Boot Camp, nothing running in the Windows environment can even see the Mac OS X partition as a local drive. It can not possibly harm OS X.

 

However, if you are running Windows as a virtualized PC, as with Parallels Workstation, and you have used windows file sharing to mount a folder on your Mac OS X partition, then any malware in the PC environment would have whatever file system access (r,w,x) is allowed by the share rules. This is no different than what the same malware can do to any other mounted network share, whether it is hosted on Linux, Windows, or OS X.

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That is a good argument for not running a parralel windows environment.

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That is a good argument for not running a parralel windows environment.

 

Perhaps, but it is no different from having your Mac at home / office in a Windows-based open home network with file sharing on, as many people do! And for now, windows applications / viruses won't run under a Mac OS partition, A. 'cos they can't write to that partition and B. 'cos they can't run under OS X.

 

So sure, instead of the vunerable PC being upstairs in the teens bedroom with BearShare and other crap running on it, it's on your 'local' MacIntel but in this case you have, in theory, better control over it, and you're probably only going to be running Windows when you need it for specific tasks, so much less chance of getting crapped up (unlike the teen's WinBox running 24/7).

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A windows virus is not going to hurt OSX much even if has write access to an OSX install though, aside from deleting the partition, it can't infact OSX apps or do much to OSX.

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