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2-23-2008 @ 7:19PM
Lua might be a scripting language, but until it gets turned into a machine-readable format (a process called "interpretation"), it can't do anything at all. WoW converts it into a machine-readable format on the fly as you start up the game or whenever you reload your UI. Up until then, the Lua code is no more dangerous than any other text file on your computer.The whole way that Lua is used in WoW effectively sandboxes it so that none of the Lua code itself can actually impact or interact with the rest of your computer. Now, as was mentioned, executable files that come with the addons could be problematic, or maybe even other sorts of files that get packaged with the addons that you download, but the addons themselves, that is, the .lua and .xml files, are entirely harmless by their very nature.
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