KEYnote 36 English - Fall 2018 - Page 13

methods, and it never touches a hard drive in plaintext form, as it is decrypted on the fly. Java 9’s introduction of modular JARs has led to some changes for AxProtector Java. The new version supports both traditional Java applica- tions created under Java 7 or 8 and modular JARs made with Java 9. AxProtector Graphical User Interface AxProtector shows its true potential with its availability as a command line tool, which enables full integration into automatic build processes as part of continuous integration and continuous delivery. At the same time, a GUI guides users through the features and functi- ons and makes AxProtector more comfortable to use on ISVs’ workstations. The GUI has been given a new facelift, revitalizing, in particular, the settings for licensing systems. Before Universal Firm Codes were introduced in 2016, software developers needed two firm codes to combine software and dongle-based licenses: One for CmDongles and one for CmAct- Licenses. The Universal Firm Code removes the need for this distinction, and the new facelift reflects this in displaying only one firm code as the standard setting. Developers who still operate multiple firm codes to maintain compati- bility are not affected: The option for them needs only one click of the mouse. Compatible with WibuKey their chosen approach to find the right balance between performance and obsession for security. The current version of AxProtector is compat- ible with FIPS mode, a setting that PC users can configure to ensure that only FIPS-tested imple- mentations of cryptographic functions in the .NET framework are allowed. This is a typically required setting among US official authorities, making it a relevant feature to remember if your users belong to this target group. AxProtector .NET Standard .NET Standard provides specifications for .NET APIs that facilitate interoperability and compat- ibility between different .NET environments. It makes it easier for ISVs to roll out their appli- cations across platforms or to migrate from one platform to another. The current release brings the launch of another version – AxProtector .NET Standard – equipped to protect .NET Standard 2.0 applications like .NET Core 2.0 or Mono 5.4 applications. The protections work on the same basis used with AxProtector .NET: The application is ana- lyzed and protected by encryption on the method level. It can only be decrypted and executed if the correct license is available in a CodeMeter container. AxProtector Java When compiling Java Source Code, the code is first translated into a unique interim language, called Java Byte Code. On the target platform the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) then sees to it that this code is interpreted and executed. This is the secret to Java’s platform independence, but it also adds certain weaknesses from the point of view of the security of the Java Byte Code. As with .NET, the Java Byte Code is simple to decompile and makes reverse engineering less of a challenge for would-be attackers. AxProtector Java has the power to stop them in their tracks by encrypting the code – as its sister implemen- tations do – and tying it to a specific license. The code can be encrypted on the level of classes or CodeMeter Protection Suite supports all Code- Meter licensing systems currently in the field: CmActLicenses and CmDongles. CodeMeter Protection Suite also continues to support WibuKey, the predecessor of CodeMeter origi- nally introduced in 1989. This is what Wibu- Systems means by long-term availability and lasting compatibility. Always Evolving, Continuously Improving All parts and components of CodeMeter Pro- tection Suite are in continuous development, of course, with particular attention to security and performance. New capabilities like the ability to have executable code on CmDongles or the automatic setting of traps are just two examples of constant evolution. Caching mech- anisms have been introduced and refined to improve performance. A committee of experts is charged with overseeing current and planned security features to make sure they deliver real added value and do not impact performance. For CodeMeter Protection Suite, only the best and fastest mechanisms make the cut. 13