Watermarking, tamper-proofing, and obfuscation - tools for software protection

C.S. Collberg, C. Thomborson
2002 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  
AbstractÐWe identify three types of attack on the intellectual property contained in software and three corresponding technical defenses. A defense against reverse engineering is obfuscation, a process that renders software unintelligible but still functional. A defense against software piracy is watermarking, a process that makes it possible to determine the origin of software. A defense against tampering is tamper-proofing, so that unauthorized modifications to software (for example, to
more » ... a watermark) will result in nonfunctional code. We briefly survey the available technology for each type of defense.
doi:10.1109/tse.2002.1027797 fatcat:x3lechbrnrfopg5k6q6qiqnbyu