April 18, 2008

Flash Player Socket Connections Now Require a Policy File

In April 2008, Adobe imposed new security restrictions on socket connections made by Flash Player. Starting with Flash Player, all socket connections made to a server require authorization via a socket policy file.

For a general introduction to the issue of mandatory socket policy files, see Unity technote 00005.

For full, gory coverage of the security changes made in Flash Player, including their motivation and required action, see the following resources:

>> Setting up a socket policy file server
>> Understanding Flash Player 9 April 2008 Security Update compatibility
>> Policy file changes in Flash Player 9

Unity users can meet the new socket-policy-file requirement by following the instructions in Unity Technote 00001.

Posted by moock at 07:35 PM

April 15, 2008

public bug database for flash player

Think you've found a legitimate bug in Flash Player? You now have a public place to report it: Adobe's new bug-tracking database for Flash Player.

Beyond its usefulness as a feedback channel for developers, the bugbase should be a nice resource to check when researching known Flash Player issues and their workarounds. Bugbase users can also voice support for fixes to existing bugs, which will help Adobe prioritize their engineering efforts based on community feedback.

Posted by moock at 07:40 AM