Shockwave Player in 2017

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Kirk Boragine, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Kirk Boragine macrumors member

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    So here we are in 2017 with our most excellent PowerPCs. Flash Player has been banished from the grounds. What about Shockwave Player? I typically don't play games that require it. Do I need it for anything else? Is it doing any good in my system these days? Is it doing harm, lurking and rearing it's head up behind the scenes? Is it (let's hope not) hurting my Macs performance just by being there? If I do remove it, then how? Using the Shockwave Player installer from Adobe I suspect... what is the general consensus here?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Shockwave is a pretty neutral thing.

    You can remove it. Not much uses it and it won't hurt anything.

    What browser are you using that is showing it as installed? I ask because manual directions to remove it depend on the browser.
     
  3. Kirk Boragine thread starter macrumors member

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    I've been using TenFourFox 45.7.0 Nothing has told me it's there. I just see it in Macintosh HD ->Library ->Application Support->Macromedia->Shockwave 10
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Ahh, gotcha.

    Just leave it. Not hurting anything.
     
  5. Kirk Boragine thread starter macrumors member

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    OK thanks. Been doing some cleaning and optimizing and thought it might need to go.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Unless you need the HD space it's safe to leave it. it's only active when Shockwave calls it.
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Shockwave Player has a long list of vulnerabilities. It's been a long time since I've seen content that uses it, but if you do need it you should be sure to use the newest possible version.
    http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerabi...3/product_id-6670/Adobe-Shockwave-Player.html
     
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    Shockwave... the thing that powered the online games of my childhood LOL
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yeahhhhhhh…in 1999 for a multimedia course………

    mac6.jpg
     
  11. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Work have a fair few CBT (Computer based training) applications that use Shockwave Flash., which means trying to coax it into working on the training room machines. The content creators have been dragging their feet for well over 5 years on moving to newer technologies like HTML5.
     
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  13. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    At this point, and it's for some very good reasons, PowerPC users should NOT be using Flash.

    NOT

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    ALL

    Same with our quite deprecated Java packages. They are just too vulnerable to exploits in the decade that followed the last of the PPC's.
     
  14. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, I've seen what old Java versions can do in person. My parents' main desktop (long gone now) got a ransomware fake antivirus, the "Pay $60 to get rid of an imaginary virus so you can access your system again" kind of deal. It was quite easy to remove (blasting it with a real antivirus in safe mode), but it could have been a lot worse if it was a silent keylogger/spyware virus. So old versions of anything exploitable should be avoided. PowerPCs are a tad risky in and of themselves due to the lack of security updates, so it's best to not add additional risks.
     
  15. Kirk Boragine thread starter macrumors member

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    As for Java, do you suggest disabling Java plug-ins/Java/JavaScript in web browsers? What about removing it completely from the system? What functionality if any would be lost due to those actions?
     
  16. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Javascript can have it's own vulnerabilities, but unless you plan to disconnect the laptop from the internet it's still necessary to enable it in browsers.

    They are referring mainly to Java, which can be executed through a browser. If you turn it off on the Mac, don't use Java on the net then you should be fairly safe.
     
  17. Kirk Boragine thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I kinda figured JavaScript was unavoidable. What about plug-ins?
     
  18. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    You can remove/deactivate Java plugins.
     
  19. Kirk Boragine thread starter macrumors member

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    These browsers not supporting them anymore? Or are the plugins there to enable/run Java?
     

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