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How safe are flash files?
AffiliateDreamer




msg:3352983
 11:57 pm on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

Since the actual flash file is downloaded to the browser, does this mean that it can be decompiled or reverse engineered?

 

moesian




msg:3354486
 12:02 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Google flash decompiler. Looks like it can be done, don't know about the quality of what can be retrived though.

John_Blake




msg:3354627
 2:45 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, Flash files can be reengineered after being downloaded. And yes, that makes it not very safe.

Demaestro




msg:3354646
 3:07 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, Flash files can be reengineered after being downloaded. And yes, that makes it not very safe.

Just to qualify this some more.... Flash is one of the harder files to "gleen" things from. Any file you use can be re-engineered.

GooTube has been spending a lot of money trying to obscure their videos for quite some time and every time they make it harder for you to get the video someone figures it out and posts the solution and then anyone with the desire can get the video they want.

So if you are looking to hide your video files there are ways to make it harder.. but as of yet there is no way to stop it completely.

The good thing about Flash is that the quality comes back really poor if someone does try encoding it as a higher quality video file.

[edited by: Demaestro at 3:09 pm (utc) on May 31, 2007]

AffiliateDreamer




msg:3354942
 7:13 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm more converned about people copying the action script and design etc.

If someone spends time and creativly design a flash based game, it seems pretty scary if someone can just decompile and create a derivative work from it!

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