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Wibu-Systems: Software Protection with AxProtecctor CTP – GSA25 Finalist Shortlist Highlight

AxProtector CTP is an innovative technology from Wibu-Systems that is revolutionising software protection. The manufacturer Wibu has created a new standard for the secure provision of software on multiple platforms - and is helping to secure the future of software development.


The product in detail: AxProtector Compile Time Protection (CTP) is a unique software protection solution in the global market combining licensing and obfuscation while achieving security on par with encryption-based tools. It obfuscates program code and data during compilation, increases complexity with the insertion of additional blocks and hiding of logical links within the code, encrypts the control flow and optionally adds integrity verification measures to fend off reverse engineering attacks. Leveraging the LLVM compiler, it can practically support any available frontend language and backend platforms. Software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers can then even secure applications that run in hardened environments, where code encryption is no lo

AxProtector CTP introduces several key innovations for companies in the safety and security sector that enhance software and product protection. The benefits include:

1. Compile-Time Obfuscation: By obfuscating the code at compile time and eliminating the need for runtime code modifications, AxProtector CTP strengthens the security of applications controlling safety systems, making reverse engineering practically impossible. This ensures that the proprietary algorithms and processes used in safety-critical applications remain confidential and protected against tampering. This is particularly relevant in regulated industries or systems where runtime stability and reliability are paramount.

2. Control flow encryption: By encrypting the control flow between small obfuscated program code blocks, static analysis becomes almost impossible.

3. Cross-Platform Protection: With support for Windows, Linux, and macOS, and compatibility with Intel, ARMHF, and AARCH64 platforms, AxProtector CTP offers a versatile solution that can be implemented across various devices and systems. This is particularly beneficial for integrated safety solutions that operate across different platforms and devices, ensuring consistent protection across all components.

4. Integrated Licensing and IP Protection: AxProtector CTP not only secures software against unauthorized access but also facilitates flexible licensing options. This enables companies to securely distribute and manage software for safety systems, such as access control or perimeter surveillance software, with built-in licensing and IP protection modes. It ensures that only authorized users can activate and use the software, reducing the risk of piracy or unauthorized access to sensitive areas.
5. Enhanced Security for macOS: With the introduction of tougher code signing guidelines by Apple, AxProtector CTP ensures that software which is even targeted for hardened runtime execution on macOS remains compliant and secure. This is crucial for companies developing macOS-based applications especially targeted for Apple Silicon.

6. Minimal Performance Impact: Despite the added security measures, AxProtector CTP is designed to maintain optimal performance levels. This is essential for safety systems, where real-time responsiveness and reliability are paramount, such as in fire alarm systems or emergency access controls.

7. Support for Modern Development Environments: Given its compatibility with common development environments and support for a wide range of programming languages, AxProtector CTP simplifies the implementation of advanced security features into existing development workflows. This facilitates the development of highly secure, cutting-edge safety applications without requiring significant changes to the development process.

In summary, AxProtector CTP offers comprehensive security enhancements that are crucial for the development and deployment of safety-critical software applications. By ensuring the integrity and security of software used in systems for fire prevention, video surveillance, access control, and workplace safety, AxProtector CTP helps companies safeguard their intellectual property and comply with stringent security standards, ultimately contributing to the overall safety and security of the environments they are designed to protect.

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