MySpace Security Measures – The Good, The Bad and Stickam
Over the last week or so there have been some problems with malicious Flash widgets and MySpace profiles. As a result, MySpace has been pushing Flash 9 and updating user profiles with allownetworking=”internal”. It appears that this security measure requires 2 parts. First, the viewer must update to Flash 9 and second, a user must have updated their profile recently to have had the new tag inserted.
This new measure does not break widgets from functioning. What it does is prevent external links from the Flash widget. This should help prevent malicious use of external linking from Flash.
Many widgets have a link to the widget site to help promote and inform about the widget. While there can be ways around this, such as html links, many users will probably strip that html code out. Some widgets have specific functionality that requires external linking and popups.
We will address the Stickam video chat player specifically since much of our service and content relates to Stickam. Some testing and review has been done on a small random sampling of MySpace profiles with the Stickam player. We have verified that some players are indeed no longer linking externally and have had the tag inserted into the code. The player still loads and functions, however, the player features which launch an external link and window no longer work if you have updated to Flash 9. This is a critical issue for Stickam since it is necessary in order to open a Stickam chat window with the person. The player will also no longer open the user’s profile due to the same security measures.
While we see the good and the bad, it looks to be a sever blow to Stickam if they are not able to come up with a workaround. MySpace is a huge user base and market for Stickam to lose.
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