Application scanning companies tackle Web 2.0 threats

Chenxi Wang

On Monday, March 23, 2009, HP’s Application Security Center announced the release of a free tool, SWFScan, designed to analyze security vulnerabilities in applications using Adobe Flash.

A few months earlier, IBM Rational announced the availability of their scanning/testing capability against Adobe Flash objects, which is a new addition to their AppScan 7.8 release on January 13, 2009.

For those who are not familiar with Adobe Flash, Flash is a multimedia platform that allows better processing of graphics, animation, special efforts, and bi-directional video streaming. Many websites that have rich interactive content or multimedia content use Flash as an underlying technology.

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