Flashers: the Garden of Eden is now closed.
January 8, 2002 10:43 AM   Subscribe

Flashers: the Garden of Eden is now closed. It's the first Flash virus. Luckily, it can only hurt you if you run it locally.
posted by darukaru (4 comments total)
I was wondering how long it would be before someone would find a way to exploit a flash file like this. At least all it does is infect other flash files and not the source files.
posted by Slightlynorth at 11:01 AM on January 8, 2002

not much in the realm of details on that page. also seems to use "Shockwave" and "Flash" interchangably, which is not the case. The Shockwave plugin plays Director files. The Flash plugin plays SWF files. (although Macromedia does make this confusing by calling the former "Director Shockwave Player" and the latter "Shockwave Flash Player".
posted by gwint at 11:56 AM on January 8, 2002

The funny thing is that Two years ago at my old job we realized that FLASH 4 could write a text fule with any extention into several locations on a computer harddrive (ie c:\Documents and Profiles\All Users\Start menu\Programs\Start up...). Infact we made a working design that dropped a windows script intot he start up directory. We notified Macromedia and they altered the functionality for 5.. but not by much.
posted by crackheadmatt at 6:45 PM on January 8, 2002

hmmm, im surprised that there aren't more Flash bashing comments such as "what, like pop up screens with 45-degree arrows weren't viral?"

on a technical level this is nothing new, on a marketing level this is very annoying for Macromedia. The addition of 'security' features can only, in the end, be a bad thing. Anyone remember Java viruses?
posted by sarosh at 8:04 PM on January 8, 2002

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