I spent a large portion of yesterday caught up in a bug. Basically, Flash would make a call to Javascript, and a while later, get a call back. It worked something like this:

ExternalInterface.addCallback("callback", function ():void { ... });

Unfortunately it didn’t work. I thought I did everything right, I set allowScriptAccess to “always”, and since the swf and html page were hosted on different domains, I grant access to the swf via Security.allowDomain. But, whenever Javascript tried to call the “callback” function I would be stuck with this Javascript error:

Error in Actionscript. Use a try/catch block to find error.

So I tried putting it all in a try/catch of course, but that had no effect. Setting ExternalInterface.marshallExceptions to true changed the error message, but was no more helpful. I changed the function, but the error message didn’t go away. I had a hunch Flash itself was throwing the error, and I managed to figure it out.

The callback function itself was located in another swf that was loaded by the swf that set Security.allowDomain. I loaded it in the same ApplicationDomain and SecurityDomain, so for all intents and purposes I thought there were all the same blob of code. That’s not true, at least where ExternalInterface is concerned. Once I set the same Security.allowDomain for both swfs, the error stopped occurring. Flash was throwing a SecurityError the whole time, but I had no way of knowing that was the problem without guessing.

Hope that helps anyone else who encounters this problem.