[osflash] Flex/AS3 Decompiler
drorex at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 17:14:21 PST 2008
Burak's Actionscript Viewer includes Flash 9/AS3 decompiling support. I have
only used it a few times (I'm stuck in the AS2 world still), but it seems to
On Feb 12, 2008 11:43 AM, Nate Kidwell <nate at ludicast.com> wrote:
> I just started work on an open-source flash decompiler. It is a Flex/AIR
> project to make life easy for everybody in the flash community who might not
> know any other languages. Deals with files that are either online or stored
> on your computer. You can find it at:
> The source code is on subversion & under LGPL. So feel free to use it for
> whatever you want.
> Sounds like a mean thing for intellectual property, but is a necessary
> evil. I feel that as great as Adobe is, the lack of decompilers/obfuscators
> leads to some bad things:
> 1) Some people still viewing Flash/Flex/Actionscript/AIR/SWF as corporate
> property, rather than a somewhat-open-standard like Java.
> 2) Some people who are early adopters not being protected. Those who
> created great programs like Picnik & Buzzword might have their source code
> available for the world to see & copy. True, the Buzzword folks wound up
> set for life, and Picnik has many partnerships, but the other companies
> making Flex apps might wind up left in the cold.
> 3) Some people assuming SWFs are undecompilable. This is a dangerous
> assumption. People map out their entire corporate strategy assuming that
> their code is unreadable by their competitors. This is not the truth and by
> bringing these things to light, we are doing the Flex/Flash/AIR community a
> big favor by letting them know where they stand.
> 4) People coming up with band-aid solutions such as
> swf-over-encrypted-socket which are still praying that the obfuscators are
> going to get here before the decompilers do (not going to happen, imho).
> There's a big hubbub about AIR 1.0 being released in a month. Adoption
> will ramp up even further at that point. But unfortunately, all the
> obfuscator vendors have been 2 months away from AS3 support for the past 2
> years. So all the new apps we'll see will be equally readable.
> It's time we did something about this. The sooner we have an open source
> AS3 decompiler, the sooner we have an obfuscator. And that's really what we
> Nate Kidwell
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