Posts Tagged ‘hack’
After the firestorm of web traffic we got from the previous post on How to Hack an AIR App SWF, I thought I’d pass this link on to our readers. David Wolever has done a bit of SWC file hacking to modify a private method to make it protected.
Even though this hack is an extremely useful and a very “white-hat” endeavor, it does highlight what’s possible when working with open file formats and virtual runtime environments like the Flash Player.
Disclaimer – Simplified Logic respects intellectual property rights and in no way supports using hacked or cracked software. What follows is simply an educational exercise with the intent of highlighting the security dangers of releasing unprotected software in virtual machine environments such as the Adobe Flash Player.
It’s fairly common for me to see comments on blogs and forums playing down the security risk from decompiling software. They say things like “Source code isn’t intellectual property”, or “Nothing is 100% secure, so why bother with protection?”. While it’s true that in virtual machine environments NOTHING is 100% secure, there can be great value in taking some measures to protect your software. Many company’s approaches to software security are akin to the Jeff Foxworthy comedy bit about putting the house keys under the mat with a sign on the front door saying “The key is under the mat…” Your only hope is a blind burglar (listen at 20:25 into the clip).