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Extract text from flash website with wireshark


(@maniic)
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Hello All, 

Does anyone here have any experience with Wireshark ? For my work I have to get my VCA certificate but the web-portal in which the course is provided is a nightmare. Poorly optimised flash website with terribly designed UI that just annoys me every minute I spend there. After 2 minutes my macbook pro fans start spinning at full rate, the site responds slow etc. 

The worst part is that the text is embedded and it can't be copied ! 

Is it possible to extract this text with wireshark ? I managed to extract images, audio and even video but I can't find the text anywhere.

Any ideas? 

ps. See attachment for screenshot


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 Hans
(@hans)
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If I'd written the Flash app, then I'd be pulling the text pieces from a database, one at a time. So you're need the URL's. I have no WireShark experience, but you could consider looking for an SWF decompiler so you can read what "files" it's retrieving.

On the other hand, when text is static, the developer might have included them in the SWF. In that case the decompiler would expose that as well.

I have to admit that it has been quite a long time that I've used any SWF decompiler.
If I recall correctly, it will generate a FLA file which can be edited/opened in Adobe Flash editor (or however that thing is called these days).


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(@maniic)
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Ah yea I thought of flash decompiler too but the site is not one flash file but different database driven parts. I have to do some more research on wireshark.


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 Hans
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You might want to look at this post at WireShark forum - Capturing HTTP requests of a (flash) application.

I'm sure it might be a lot of work to retrieve what you're looking for when several SWF's have been used ... 


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