There's a chance that a Windows virus could damage the OSX partition though right?SheriffParker said:Yeah, the windows virus would only affect your computer while running windows. You may have to re-install it or whatever, but if you're booting in osx, the viruses shouldn't be a problem. They affect the windows software, not the hardware or anything that would transfer over to osx. At least that's the way I understand it.
I think that it would be difficult for a virus to do that: a very strong one might bring down the entire drive/computer hardware. In which case, yes it would mess up the OSX partition and the Windows partition.Danksi said:
The Mac OS X partition is hidden from Windows.Danksi said:
I'm certainly not an expert on this subject, but I would think that the separation between processes and hardware that the Java Virtual Machine provides would prevent against a virus doing major damage to either partition. I think the "sandbox" that the Java program runs in stops a process from accessing system components that could be used to do damage to the computer.CanadaRAM said:Word / Office Macroviruses can certainly go cross-platform. Also theoretically could viruses written in Java -- both because they would use a non-os-dependant language. Due to the file read/write security of OSX the damage they could do would be more limited.
Not true. The OS X partition is visible in Windows. The contents of the partition are not visible, because Windows doesn't understand the HFS+ filesystem used in OS X. But that doesn't mean that a particularly nasty piece of code (or a particularly clueless user) couldn't wipe out the OS X partition itself from within Windows.Unorthodox said:The Mac OS X partition is hidden from Windows.
So when your boot up into Windows it doesn't even know your Mac partition exists.
Is this true?!Unorthodox said:The Mac OS X partition is hidden from Windows.
I'll quote from my MacWorld magazine:ChrisBrightwell said:Is this true?!
I assumed the HFS+ partition(s) would just show up as unformatted drives, such as when you plug an HFS+-formatted hard drive into a "normal" Windows machine.
If that's the case (and I'd assume that it is), anything with access to the hard drive can nuke that partition.
I got the impression that your Mac partition was invisible to XP.MacWorld June 2006 said:You can't see your Mac partition from when your running XP, but you can see your XP partition when your running Mac OS X.
fdisk is not included with Windows XP. You have to use one of the Admin Tools to do the job.savar said:But please tell me that fdisk on windows requires an admin password, right?
Theoretically, said viruses in Java would have to use some native code to do significant damage but unfortunately it's not difficult as an API like JNI enables your Java stuff to interact with libraries and applications written in other languages (which can be fun...transparent windows in java! wheee)CanadaRAM said:Also theoretically could viruses written in Java -- both because they would use a non-os-dependant language. Due to the file read/write security of OSX the damage they could do would be more limited.
The most likely possibility of this happening would be by sharing folders between the 2 OSes. If you get a virus on a VM running windows, you can simply trash that VM, and start over good as new.elfin buddy said:Something I've been wondering for a while is whether or not something like Parallels or other virtualisation software is susceptible to Windows viruses. Can software running in Parallels (or even Virtual PC) actually damage your Mac?