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PostPosted: Monday, 07.Jun.2010 13:09    Post subject: Flash vulnerability on the N900?   Reply with quote   

Adobe has issued a security advisory regarding a security issue in Flash, among other things. Excerpt:
    Security Advisory for Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat

    Summary
    A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems, and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-1297) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat. This advisory will be updated once a schedule has been determined for releasing a fix.

    Affected software versions
    Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2, 9.0.262, and earlier 10.0.x and 9.0.x versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris
    Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX

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    The Flash Player 10.1 Release Candidate available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/ does not appear to be vulnerable.
    Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.x are confirmed not vulnerable.
This sounds like a buffer overflow problem. Maemo is not mentioned, but I guess Flash on the N900 uses the same code as on the other platforms.

However, security conscious users can always disable Flash in the web browser as follows:
  • Web -> <open webpage> -> Title menu -> Options -> Add-ons -> Plugins -> Shockwave Flash -> Disable
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PostPosted: Tuesday, 08.Jun.2010 03:36    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

anyone get flash 10 for maemo yet?
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PostPosted: Tuesday, 08.Jun.2010 09:07    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

It will be Nokia that gets Flash 10.1 and it will be Nokia that will have to make it available on the N900. We don't know if Maemo 5 will get Flash 10.1, but MeeGo surely will.

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PostPosted: Tuesday, 08.Jun.2010 13:06    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

thanks for sharing! Smile

good info to keep in mind while surfing the net
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PostPosted: Friday, 11.Jun.2010 12:14    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Adobe has released Flash 10.1 for Windows, Mac and Linux, see:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

If there is a version for Maemo, only Nokia knows for sure.

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PostPosted: Tuesday, 22.Jun.2010 10:29    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Adobe has announced Flash 10.1 for mobile devices, see press release. Excerpt:
    Adobe Announces Availability of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile
    HBO, Sony Pictures, Turner, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers and Others Ready Flash Content for Mobile

    SAN JOSE, Calif., — June 22, 2010 —Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, Flash Player 10.1 is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices. Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

    Already one of the top free apps on Android™ Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Devices supporting “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.

    “We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. “The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.”

    Broad Partner Support
    Device and technology partners including ARM, Brightcove, Dell, Google, HTC, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Texas Instruments and others announced more specifics around their support for Flash Player 10.1 today.

    Content publishers including AgencyNet, AKQA, Armor Games, Blitz, CNET.com, HBO, JustinTV, Kongregate, Mochi Media, Msnbc Digital Network, Turner, Nickelodeon, Odopod, Photobucket, RAIN, Roundarch, Sony Pictures, South Park Studios, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers and many others have also started to optimize Flash content to deliver the best possible experience within the context of smaller screens, which includes larger buttons for interactions, layout adjustments for mobile screens and more.

    For details visit www.adobe.com/go/flashquote_sheet_101 or m.flash.com, Adobe’s showcase site for optimized Flash content. For more information on how to optimize Flash content for mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/fpmobile.

    New High Performance Features
    Completely redesigned and optimized for mobile, Flash Player 10.1 delivers new interaction methods with support for mobile-specific input models. Support for accelerometer allows users to view Flash content in landscape and portrait mode. With Smart Zooming, users can scale content to full screen mode delivering immersive application-like experiences from a Web page. Performance optimization work with virtually all major mobile silicon and platform vendors makes efficient use of CPU and battery performance.

    The new Smart Rendering feature ensures that Flash content is running only when it becomes visible on the screen, further reducing CPU and battery consumption. With Sleep Mode, Flash Player automatically slows down when the device transitions into screen saver mode. Advanced Out-of-Memory Management allows the player to effectively handle non-optimized content that consumes excessive resources, while automatic memory reduction decreases content usage of RAM by up to 50 percent. Flash Player pauses automatically when events occur such as incoming phone calls or switching from the browser to other device functions. Once users switch back to the browser, Flash Player resumes where it paused.

    Industry Analyst Feedback
    "Although it is labeled a dot release, Flash Player 10.1 is a significant update that includes a number of new performance and mobile specific features," said Al Hilwa, program director of the Application Development Program at IDC. "This allows consumers to see a much bigger part of the Web and allows developers to bring their Flash Platform skills to a much bigger swath of devices.”

    “For the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to test an Android Froyo device loaded with a beta of Flash Player 10.1,” said Ben Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies. “The overall experience and performance of Flash has been impressive. Mobile users now have access to full Web pages with rich Flash content on millions of sites. With the new mobile specific features, developers also have an important opportunity to help shape the way Web content, games, touch capabilities and more are presented across platforms and devices as Froyo and other platforms deliver full Flash support."

    Additional Resources
    To watch demo videos of Flash Player 10.1 running across devices, including smart phones and tablets, visit www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/demos.

    Availability
    Flash Player 10.1 is expected to be available as a final production release for devices once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Once upgraded, smart phones, tablets and other devices can be updated with Flash Player 10.1 over-the-air via numerous ways including content triggered downloads, system software updates and on-device app catalogs such as Android Market, Adobe Labs and other venues. The upgrade mechanism will vary by device and device manufacturer. The desktop version of Flash Player 10.1 for Windows, Mac OS and Linux is available on http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer today.
MeeGo and Symbian are mentioned, but Maemo is not. So we don't know the N900 will get Flash 10.1.

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PostPosted: Tuesday, 22.Jun.2010 11:01    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

pity indeed since there was a demo by adobe of flash 10.1 (still wip at that time) running on the n900 around late last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pee3nT4bPw4

someone should try to get in touch with this kevin lynch guy. Smile
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PostPosted: Thursday, 05.Aug.2010 12:21    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

As mentioned in this post on talk.maemo.org, there is a "Tweak Flash plugin version" application available in the Application manager. This application changes the Flash plugin version reported to websites to Flash 10.1 such that one gets around Flash version checks. This should work as long as the Flash content does not require Flash 10.

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PostPosted: Friday, 20.Aug.2010 10:48    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

I don't know how they can be able to have a working facebook game on their N900.

I am totally not a geek with all that tweaking so I did not tried anything so far but when I want to play a facebook game on my device, it says to update flashplayer...

So I hope flash 10.1 will come officially soon, or is there an issue install file so the tweak will work but fiddling yourself?
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PostPosted: Friday, 20.Aug.2010 14:21    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

You can use the "Tweak Flash plugin version" application to change the reported Flash version. I don't think there is much Flash 10 content yet, but there are quite a few sites that do Flash version checks and thus deny running Flash applications, if the device does not report to be Flash 10 capable.

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PostPosted: Wednesday, 25.Aug.2010 16:38    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

The Nokia Guide reports that Flash 10.1 will not come to the N900, see article. Excerpt:
    Flash 10.1 Not Coming To The N900
    A bit of bad news for N900 owners, as I’ve gotten confirmation from a Nokia employee that Flash 10.1 is not planned for the N900 and will NOT be released for the device. One of the first devices to support the full Flash experience, in this case Flash 9.4, the N900 seems to have been forgotten and is quickly falling being as Flash 10.1 is already available. Making things even worse is the fact that some Flash 10.1 won’t run on 9.4 devices, eventhough technically it could.
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 25.Aug.2010 23:55    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

What's missing is a blog entry from Ari Jaaksi or some other Maemo guru @ Nokia in that "open" style they were using to praise the N900 several months ago, saying something like "guys, there will be no Flash 10.1 for the N900 because we're all too busy implementing it for Meego, but you all soon will be able to buy the N9 so it should not be a problem" Wink

Ooops, right, he can't mention the N9 because they didn't officially announce it yet Cool

For a couple of weeks I've been wondering if the PR1.2 update was the last to come out for the N900 as no one at Nokia mentioned any other planned update since then.
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PostPosted: Thursday, 26.Aug.2010 09:46    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Michal Jerz wrote:
For a couple of weeks I've been wondering if the PR1.2 update was the last to come out for the N900 as no one at Nokia mentioned any other planned update since then.


There has been mention of a PR1.3 - sounds to be just Qt Mobility and some minor bugfixes. No idea when that'll be coming though.
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There has been mention of a PR1.3 - sounds to be just Qt Mobility and some minor bugfixes.

It's good to hear that. Not that I really needed any specific update but maybe it'll be a good sign for those complaining about Nokia's lack of support for the N900 Wink
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PostPosted: Thursday, 26.Aug.2010 12:31    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Rob1n wrote:
There has been mention of a PR1.3 - sounds to be just Qt Mobility and some minor bugfixes. No idea when that'll be coming though.

It is probably that we are going to see a PR 1.3 released. There have been several updates to various components of Maemo 5 at maemo.gitorious.org since the release of PR 1.2.

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