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Dotfuscator 4.0: Sounding the Alarm

Dotfuscator 4.0 provides tamper detection for obfuscated code.

Fire-resistant wall board and insulation have made homes much safer, but most people wouldn't dream of sleeping in a house without smoke detectors -- just in case.

PreEmptive Solutions Inc. is betting development shops feel the same way when it comes to obfuscating their code. The 4.0 release of the company's Dotfuscator product includes a new embedded-logic tamper detection system that performs periodic self-exams to sniff out and sound the alarm on snoops or saboteurs trying to unravel obfuscated programs.

"It wakes up and knows that something's wrong and starts sending out an alarm," says Sebastian Holst, PreEmptive's senior vice president of sales and marketing.

PreEmptive turns the alarm signal into a tamper incident report notifying the victim company of a problem and warning developers of a potential vulnerability in their product, Holst says.

The tamper notification service is available to Dotfuscator licensees regardless of platform at no additional cost. Full licenses start at $5,000 for up to five users.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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