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Article ID: 940893 - Last Review: July 1, 2010 - Revision: 3.0

Problem description

Microsoft has made changes to Microsoft Windows Media Player to help with security when users visit social networking sites. These changes are introduced after you install security update 936782 (security bulletin MS07-047).
936782  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936782/ ) MS07-047: Vulnerability in Windows Media Player could allow remote code execution
One change is that you must have Adobe Flash 9 installed to play Flash content through Windows Media Player. If Flash 9 is not installed, a dialog box that contains the following text prompts you to install Flash 9:
To play the selected item, you must install a later version of the Macromedia Flash Player. To download the Macromedia Flash Player, see the Macromedia Web site.
Additionally, after you install the security update, the following parameters are automatically passed to Flash to make Flash more secure when Windows Media Player hosts Flash content:
  • <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="never">
  • <param name="allowNetworking" value="internal">
However, you may want to override these default changes in Windows Media Player.

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Let me fix it myself

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Note By default, this new behavior is enabled. To disable this new behavior, follow these steps to change the registry to allow Flash content to use script from other domains:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type RestrictFlash, and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click RestrictFlash.
  6. Type 0 (zero) in the Value data area, click Decimal in the Base area, and then click OK.
  7. Close Registry Editor.

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APPLIES TO
  • Windows Media Player 11, when used with:
    • Windows Vista Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Business
    • Windows Vista Home Basic
    • Windows Vista Home Premium
    • Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows Vista Starter
    • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
    • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows Media Player 10, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series, when used with:
    • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
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