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Re: [News] Why Flash is Evil: Spyware to the Max

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____/ Gregory Shearman on Sunday 19 October 2008 22:16 : \____

> On 2008-10-19, Tony Sivori <TonySivori@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Sat, 18 Oct 2008 01:41:59 +0100, Homer wrote:
>>> Verily I say unto thee, that Tony Sivori spake thusly:
>>>> Even after following the instructions (including setting storage to
>>>> zero to prevent future infestation) on the imasuper.com and Adobe
>>>> websites I still have two .sol files, plus many more "shared" files
>>>> that are from specific websites, like Office Depot. Best Buy, YouTube,
>>>> and news sites.
>>>> There's even one from Twitter, and as best I know I never been to that
>>>> site. I know I've never used Twitter.
>>> Try the sledgehammer approach:
>>> rm -fr .macromedia/* .adobe/*
>>> chmod 400 .macromedia .adobe
>> I'm tempted.
>>> You could also try an SELinux policy that effectively blocks
>>> libflashplayer.so from writing to context user_home_t.
>> I've found that turning off local storage breaks Flash. I set the local
>> storage to zero. The next day while browsing newegg for a video card, I
>> found that trying to view the detailed pictures resulted in Flash asking
>> for permission to store local content. Most annoyingly, the picture I
>> wanted came up, but the permission box blocked it, and the permission box
>> could not be dragged to the side. Denying permission didn't work either,
>> when I did that the picture went away.
>> Long story short, if you want to use Flash, you have to allow local
>> storage.
>> I guess the best solution (for me at least) is to purge the stored Flash
>> files whenever I decide it is time to delete browser cache, history, and
>> cookies.
> I put mine in my local crontab (vixie cron):
> @hourly rm -rf ~/.macromedia ~/.adobe/Flash_Player
> This works fine.

Thanks. Just done that too.

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