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Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

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Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

In Firefox v.15.0.1 for Mac I have the latest Shockwave for Director v.11.6.6r636 but the "Plugin Details" says Potentially vulnerable plugins:, the Status is "Outdated Version", and the Action is "Update": Shockwave for Director Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.6 Outdated Version Update

Is this inaccurate status information that can be ignored? Thank you.

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SUMO Contributor

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

On Windows, this might happen if the updater was unable to remove the old version and Firefox is detecting two DLLs (an older one and a newer one). I don't know whether the same thing could happen on Mac.

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Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

I have:

iMac

OS 10.6.8

Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

 Processor Speed:	2.66 GHz

Firefox 16

Adobe Shockwave System requirements reads "PowerPC® G3, G4, or G5 or Intel processor Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X v10.6, ..."

...all the ducks are in a row...

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons check " https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/ " STILL indicates "Update" button/graphic and : "Shockwave for Director Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.6 Outdated Version"

I uninstalled all older versions of Shockwave Player

I installed Shockwave Flash as directed and have "Adobe Shockwave Player 11.6.6.636" installed...Mozilla plug-in checker problems?

AND: This has always confused me (Adobe!) - I also have plugin "Shockwave Flash Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402 11.4.402.287" installed - that one is showing up-to-date in Add-on Checker in Firefox...

why two different products with names so close, Adobe?

SUMO Contributor

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

Hi um_tli, there probably is a document explaining why Flash adopted the Shockwave brand also used with Macromedia's Director product. But... that's ancient history which predates Adobe's acquisition of the products.

I am not familiar with where the Adobe plugins are installed on MacOSX. You could search for it if you had the file name. To get the file name, you could check aboutSmiley Tonguelugins (type or paste aboutSmiley Tonguelugins into the address bar and press Enter). If you find old or inconsistent versions, particularly in any subfolder of a Mozilla folder, try renaming them to a different extension (e.g., .txt) so they will not be loaded as plugins.

New User

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

it turns out this didn't work...I don't see anything resembling "Shockwave" in any Add-on/plug-in-type folders (nor, especially, on the Firefox "aboutSmiley Tonguelugins" page) anywhere

I'll send something to Adobe too... >>>>>>> voila, thanks jscher2000!

deleted these old files from appropriate folder: "NP-PPC-Dir-Shockwave" "NPSVG3Carbon" "NPSVG3.zip" and the old readMe file "Adobe® SVG Viewer for Macintosh Release Notes Version 3.0 beta 3 (Build 76)"

...see regarding this old product: http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/

I'm pretty sure I no longer need this...it's gumming up the plugins folder...

New User

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

Not sure what else to do. Have clean installed, reinstalled, removed potentially older versions...nothing is working...is Mozilla sure it's "reading" the plug-in right on the "checker" page?

Thanks

SUMO Contributor

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

The Plugincheck page uses a script to extract information from the browser. It does not have any "inside information" that any other website would not have. To generate a corresponding list, you could try this:

(1) Copy the following script to the clipboard (it's all one line):

var p=navigator.plugins;document.body.insertBefore(document.createElement("pre"),document.body.firstChild); for(var i=0;i<p.length;i++){document.body.firstChild.appendChild(document.createTextNode("Name (Version): "+p[i].name+" ("+p[i].version+")\nDescription: "+p[i].description+"\nFile name: "+p[i].filename+"\n\n"));}

(2) In a new tab, navigate to about:blank to display blank page

(3) Open Firefox's web console using Tools > Web Developer > Web Console (or on Windows Ctrl+Shift+k)

(4) Paste the script next to the caret (>) and press Enter to run it. A listing of plugins should appear in the page.

You can close the web console to allow more space to read the results. Anything Shockwave related there?

If you change the following preference temporarily and repeat the above, Firefox should show you the location on disk of the plugins.

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the filter box, type or paste path and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click plugin.expose_full_path to toggle it from false to true. After completing your research, double-click again to set it back to false so that websites cannot read the full locations.

Find anything new?

New User

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

Thanks!

I tried that, and here's the list that's revealed; so nothing other than the persistent "Shockwave for Director" culprit...I find it interesting that it lists "Netscape"...wow all kinds of strange naming going on with Adobe products! maybe I'll just have to live with this...ultimately, it doesn't seem to be affecting performance on pages, etc. Maybe I'll try uninstalling the "Shockwave for Director" and see if any page asks me to load it down the line.

Additionally, the Google Talk NPAPI plugin is also problematic - Firefox checker doesn't recognize it...which is also strange: two such popular and large providers (Mozilla and Google). I've deleted that one, and it continues to load automatically somehow during my browsing here at work (our institution uses Google Apps (Education).

Any more insights are appreciated! Thanks again.

Name (Version): Shockwave Flash (11.4.402.287) File name: Flash Player.plugin

Name (Version): Google Talk NPAPI Plugin (3.9.1.9832) File name: googletalkbrowserplugin.plugin

Name (Version): Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator (0.1.44.23) File name: npgtpo3dautoplugin.plugin

Name (Version): Java Applet Plug-in (13.8.3) File name: JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

Name (Version): Shockwave for Director (11.6.6r636) Description: Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.6 File name: DirectorShockwave.plugin

Name (Version): QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.6 (7.6.6) File name: QuickTime Plugin.plugin

Name (Version): Flip4Mac Windows Media Plugin (2.4.4.2) File name: Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.plugin

Name (Version): Silverlight Plug-In (5.1.10411.0) File name: Silverlight.plugin

SUMO Contributor

Re: Why does the Plug-in check say to update Shockwave for Director?

Hi um_tli, it does appear that you have the current versions of Flash and Shockwave for Director -- for Mac. On Windows, Shockwave for Director has advanced to 11.6.7.637. Perhaps this discrepancy between Mac and Windows version numbers is causing the problem with that one??

I'm not familiar with the Google Talk plugins, but there definitely are some popular plugins not listed in the plugincheck database.