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From: Peter Santangeli (psantangelimacromedia.com)
Date: Tue Jan 08 2002 - 19:44:47 CST

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    ('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) Macromedia was recently informed of a potential
    issue with the standalone Macromedia Flash Player
    running on Microsoft Windows. This issue does not
    affect web content viewed in a browser.

    After testing by both Macromedia and Sophos Anti-
    virus, the company who initially reported this potential
    issue, Macromedia has found that this issue can only
    affect content that is sent via email or downloaded
    from a site and then run outside a browser.

    In either case, the content must be run in a
    Macromedia stand-alone Flash Player or associated
    Projector executable to represent a risk. This player
    is not installed by any browser installation, and is only
    installed with the Macromedia Flash authoring
    product.

    Macromedia appreciates the work of Sophos in
    reporting this potential issue, and will be issuing a
    patch later this week; a fix will also be included in
    future versions of the product.

    For more information on the patch please visit:
    http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/.

    Macromedia will continue to take potential security
    issues very seriously. Security issues concering the
    Macromedia Flash player may be mailed to
    flashplayer_securitymacromedia.com.

    Pete Santangeli, Vice President of Engineering,
    Macromedia Inc.