Is anyone still using Flash on PPC? Dump it now!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MysticCow, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. MysticCow, Jul 9, 2014
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    MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    There is a Flash exploit in the wild that WILL WORK on PowerPC Macs. There is no fix to this on PowerPC other than to 100% stop using Flash. This includes the spoofed/hacked version that is floating around.

    http://tenfourfox.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-time-to-stop-using-flash-on-power.html

    And if you need help living without Flash, we have a forum topic all about it! http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1496149

    Or you can use the QuickTime Enabler or Mactubes Enabler on TenFourFox.

    EDIT 7/10:

    How to get around not using Flash

    1. Use TenFourFox with QuickTime Enabler or Mactubes Enabler

    2. Use MacTubes or Youview.

    3. Use Leopard WebKit with both ClickToFlash and ClickToPlugin.

    4. Use the Developer Menu to spoof the site into thinking you're on a mobile device.
     
  2. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    Flash is the worst software product in history, as far as I'm concerned. It's awful in every way, and unlike IE6, it sprawls its awfulness across platforms.
     
  3. jrsx macrumors 65816

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    Ain't that the truth! :eek:
     
  4. kalel77 macrumors member

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    Unfortunately still using on my old PB 1.67 ghz, there are no good alternative :-(
     
  5. sarthak, Jul 10, 2014
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    QTE doesn't work with some sites like CBC.ca/player and watch.DiscoveryChannel.com .... I use TFF 24 (latest) which doesn't support flash. Most sites still use flash, what can be done to playback content delivered using flash?

    The other option I thought was use XBMC but that is almost as useless now. Following plugins don't work that could potentially replace flash/web browser viewing.
    - Canada On Demand
    - 1channel / ice films
    - You name it, won't install (dependencies not met) or won't work (script failed).

    I don't think there is a viable way to dump flash given nothing really works to deliver content on PowerPC systems anymore. It was only 1.5yrs ago that I was using a Mac Mini G4 (1.42/512/80GB/DVD) as an HTPC with XBMC running great. Even at that time some addons (particularly live streaming) did not work, everything else was working.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The alternative is to try and set them to use HTML5 if they support it. Flash is, as I describe throughout this forum, a dirty resource stealing pig. I wish it would just be put to rest and let good web standards to be put into place.
     
  7. sarthak, Jul 10, 2014
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    sarthak macrumors 6502

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    That is true.

    Due to the lack of Flash support in TFF 24, I created a Fluid web app for CBC.ca/player. Tested playback, running at 240p and the CPU is being pegged at 100%. I wouldn't mind the usage if it actually played the video but with Hardware Accel ON/OFF the video is playing at 2-3FPS. There is also a flash ad on the side of the player (200x200px) so that might contribute to the high usage.

    Update: The touch (mobile) site sometimes works and opens the video as a download. Guess that is good enough.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Yes. The mobile versions do help...
     
  9. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    There's been talk of HTML5 taking over flash for years now. Still waiting. Granted, I have lots of newer machines I can use so this is a non issue but still, I would like to see flash die if only for security reasons.
     
  10. MysticCow thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's always a slow process to take something over. Blu Ray vs HD DVD was done over a few years. MP3 vs Ogg vs windows media vs MP4/AAC vs FLAC never really ended. Then there's Mac vs PC...

    And for the poster discussing the CBC, there's some solutions available.

    1. Leopard Webkit with ClickToFlash and ClickToPlugin.

    2. Developer menu (or Develop menu, depending) in Safari/Leopard Webkit can spoof the site into believing you're on a mobile device, which kills a lot of flash.

    Flash on PPC is absolutely 100% unsafe now. Adobe isn't going to update us to take care of this issue. It's time to dump it.
     
  11. nemesiswar macrumors member

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    Haven't used Flash in years even on my Intel machines.
     
  12. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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  14. MrPilot macrumors 6502

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    Not really. The executable downloaded by flashback is not a ppc universal binary. Its not totally safe, but not 100% unsafe either. Thats the beauty of running unsupported cpus
     
  15. Intell macrumors P6

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    This isn't about Flashback. It's about the Rosetta Flash exploit. The Rosetta Flash exploit will work correctly on any device (x86/ARM/PowerPC) that runs a vulnerable version Flash, like Flash 10.1. Resulting in a 100% unsafe environment for it. It's a fully weaponized and wild exploit that is not preventable in any way on a PowerPC Mac other than not using the plugin. Read more about it at http://tenfourfox.blogspot.com
     
  16. MrPilot macrumors 6502

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    the rosetta one is evil.... I hope they find the sob's behind it and put them away for life. Despite this, flash and java will continue to run on my ppc's until they can't because of version lag because for work and banking I use the intel macs anyway...Besides, here in Sweden our banking system requires an external electronic code device anyway so they wouldn't have any use of keylogging for example. I dunno about what else they could possible do, but I think it's not overly critical for me.

    I don't worry too much... you know, security paranoia... it's like everything else; exaggerations of climate change due to human pollution, soy beans causing cancer, cellphones causing brain tumor... SAR, VH1, etc etc
    Overreacting...
     
  17. vlark macrumors member

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    On my personal machine, I've ditched Flash.

    But on my kid's iMac G5 ALS, it's a necessity for educational webapps like Xtramath and a lot of edutainment games, like CoolMath4Kids.com.

    We're getting an iPad soon, so after I get the kids transitioned to that, I'll probably make the jump and dump Flash on their machine.
     
  18. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    I am tempted to note something about climate change, but... instead I say "VH1 - the music video chanel?" :D
     
  19. MrPilot macrumors 6502

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    Hah! I meant H1N1 or was it N1H1? We just called it "swine flu" over here in sweden
     
  20. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    H1N1 it is, (btw. "swine flu" in Germany, too).
     
  21. sarthak macrumors 6502

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    I was testing something and ended up getting a dozen pop ups from shady advertisement websites (PG rated) but nonetheless, they were using flash and dried up all my CPU resources.

    By the time I quit, it was a few mins of the nonsense running in Safari.

    How exactly do you get rid of flash in Safari and ensure the system is safe?
     
  22. Intell macrumors P6

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    Run the following lines in Terminal, then restart:
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    sudo rm /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/Flash\ Player.plugin
    sudo rm /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/flashplayer.xpt
     
  23. sarthak macrumors 6502

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    Prior to doing that, I cleared up the Flash global settings (no websites stored info there). I disabled plug-ins and Java on the security tab in Safari.

    I'll run the commands but, I assume that would prevent any attacks assuming the system has been exposed?

    I doubt that *that* is the case though. Tried ClamXAV however, that ate up more than 250mb of RAM / 1.25gb. I couldn't seem to find any other lightweight AV except SOPHOS v8 which is now disappeared from the net and discontinued from virus signature updates.
     

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