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Re: [tor-talk] Flash executables keep starting in background when using TBB

On 6/16/2014 7:02 PM, krishna e bera wrote:
On 14-06-16 03:17 PM, Joe Btfsplk wrote:
In at least the last couple TBB versions, or longer, I've found
FlashPlayerPlugin_x.x.exe (latest *13_0_0_214.exe) running in background
- numerous times.
Actually, 2 instances of flash exe files are always shown running.

Biggest question is, what is Flash doing to Tor anonymity in these
cases.  Just because Flash isn't playing doesn't mean it's not
contacting someone, somewhere.
I rarely use Flash - I assume TBB *now comes w/ it installed?*
Adobe Flashplayer has never come with TBB.

Are you sure it isnt the ActiveX plugin that comes with MS-Windows? Or
perhaps it got installed at the same time as you updated the flashplayer
for Internet Explorer?  If not, your computer may be infected with a
fake flashplayer.  Many website ads offer them with a button that looks
deceptively like the download you may have wanted to click on, or even a
drive-by exploit.

Preventing infections from 3rd party sites is one big reason to run
either an ad blocker or a more rigorous add-on such as RequestPolicy.

No, I think it's more likely that if Flash plugin is installed for one version of Fx, it gets installed for all versions of Fx.

That may explain how it gets there, but not why it starts 2 flash executables in background, when the plugin in TBB has always been, & still is set at "Never Activate." It's not like I'm temporarily activating the plugin, playing some Flash vids, then forgetting to disable it.

As said, I never see the Flash files that run in background, being *associated w/ regular Fx* - only TBB. They're always listed under Tor Browser - in Process Explorer window. Has to be a bug? If I catch the files running in background (as process under TBB), then immediately check TBB plugins status - & it's still disabled, how could that be?

Again, the same version Flash plugin is installed in regular Fx & those 2 Flash files *never start in background, under it.*

I (maybe) can just remove the plugin from TBB - I rarely use Flash. But if I keep it in regular Fx - for emergencies - I'll have to keep removing it in TBB. Sometimes, I'll forget, cause I don't think of plugins being installed in TBB.
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