Flash, exes and the web

Hi guys,

I’m about to develop an app to go on a CD-ROM, and I’m thinking of choosing to do it in Flash by publishing to .exe. I am exploring the possibility of having one section of my CD-ROM grab special offers from the company’s online shop (in XML format) and display them within the application.

My question is about making remote HTTP requests from an .exe; I know that there are (removeable, but annoying) security restrictions in place when you are using a local .swf file to try and grab information from an online location (say, some XML), and I’m wondering if these restrictions are still in place by default when you publish to .exe.

If I can’t create an .exe from a flash project in a way that can grab online info from the net without disabling that setting, i’ll drop the remote idea.

Thanks for your help everyone,