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Flash Mission #1

Arrow Image A beginner's guide to spotting and decompiling Shockwave Flash Objects (.swf files) *AND FLASH MISSION #1 Spoilers *



Hello folks...it\'s TheNorsk here. This is my first article on HBH and it\'s about decompiling .swf files. I was quite surprised when i saw the Flash Challenges section today...so i decided to write this beginner\'s guide.

As a starter, Macromedia Flash is not a very reliable web design tool when it comes to security ( That is, mostly, because quite everyone can spot your .swf by looking up the source, then save it remotely and decompile it, uncovering vital data using simple-to-find tools)

And now, for the Flash Mission #1 Tips. First of all, i think you have already figured out that THE FILE SOURCE is 9 out of 10 times the key.
*TIP: The code you\'re interested in is found under the green <!-- END ADENGAGE.COM CODE 2.0 --> HTML comment. Read up the code and find out what those <EMBED> tags mean (read articles about How to publish Flash Files and how the HTML EMBED tags work. Try www.w3schools.com/html/ for detailed HTML tutorials.)

By now you should have found a specific parameter within the <EMBED></EMBED> tags that points to where the .swf file is. Replace it in the URL and you should see the same .swf file covering the whole page. CTRL - S to save the file remotely.

And now for the decompiling part. Decompiling a .swf file is essential for uncovering data hidden within. I\'ve found many free or trial SWF Decompilers that show you most of the Timeline and ActionScript. Try ASV or similar software. Play around with the symbols and the code. There\'s a hidden message left for you.:D:D

Careful not to misspell the password :))

I hope you liked this beginner guide on .SWF cracking. If it\'s that personal :D email me on thenorsk@hotmail.com or leave a message here on HBH. That\'s all folks

And take care of your 10 Points :P

Comments

jaggedlanceron March 14 2007 - 17:28:42
Cool, when it was first released there was quite a big flaw in it so i completed it with jsut the help of firefox xD so it was nice to see how it was really done :happy:
kaksiion March 14 2007 - 17:49:33
Agreed with jaggedlancer. Very big flaw. Something about bckgrnd Grin I did it with mouse in like 6 secs. Grin But now it is harder :happy:
Ponguileon March 14 2007 - 19:12:49
When did they fix the bug? Im guessing you guys also did it by altering the transparency of it?
What_A_Legendon March 14 2007 - 19:44:00
When I originally designed the background, the color was black but when released it was lighter to my surprise, also the color on flash 2 had changed from original release back to the initial color i set it as.
system_meltdownon March 14 2007 - 21:15:08
Yea, that was my bad XD I was using the object tag for the background, I just copied some code off a site Pfft I'm lazzzzehhhh
richohealeyon March 16 2007 - 02:10:07
still, there's nothing to stop you still doing it that way... it's how i did it. couldn't really be arsed downloading a flash decompiler for 3 challenges on dialup. did 1 and 3 wihtout, i think i gave in on 2. nice article
blade10327on March 09 2008 - 21:10:59
i press ctrl and s at same time but nothing happens
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