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Old 14th April 2011
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Something to think about when you try to set up flash in a BSD.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/arch...psa11_2d00_02/

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/arch...loitation.aspx
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Something to think about when you try to set up flash in a BSD.
You mean how this will only work on Windows and not on BSD?

I doubt there are any BSD exploits for flash, in the wild or otherwise ...
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I only use Flash for listening to a radio stream, so I worry not: I could always restrict it to a single browser and rig it for that task if need be. Hehe.
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I agree that this is something to think about. The vulnerability is specifically targeted to Microsoft Windows, but it could just as easily be targeted to Linux or FreeBSD.

The heart of the exploit embeds some assembly code for an Intel x86 machine that does an INT 80 to call the operating system to execute an arbitrary shell command.

This same INT 80 is used in Linux x86 :

http://www.cin.ufpe.br/~if817/arquiv....html#syscalls

And the same INT 80 used in FreeBSD x86:

http://www.int80h.org/bsdasm/

This is a good reminder of why not to run the X Window system as root...

I think it is a good idea to separate business activities from entertainment activities.

At home I keep one machine just for entertainment and let it run flash and whatever but I never do business on that machine...
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At home I keep one machine just for entertainment and let it run flash and whatever but I never do business on that machine...
This is a really good idea that I urge people (with the resources to do so) to do. Good clean separation of duties can minimize the impact of so many problems (not just computer problems, either).
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