[nycphp-talk] testers wanted - phpguardian.com
gherson at snet.net
Thu Jun 20 10:51:14 EDT 2002
Oktay Altunergil wrote:
> my 2 cents on this..
> At work I cannot code some apps in PHP because the code will be copied by
> customers/competitors and used on other servers. I personally could not care
> less and would love to have all of my code open sourced. However this is a
> business, and any kind of distinct features you have make the difference
> between you and your competitors. Granted, they can reverse engineer or just
> get your idea and design an even better system than you could ever do myself.
> But that is not the point. In the business world, open source fans are not
> the people who make decisions. It's the management who decides what you can
> and cannot do. For this reason I am actually interested in the product
> Now I'm not an expert at this but the product seems to do key based
> encyrption. This is a few steps ahead of mangling the code to make it
> unreadable by humans. On the other hand, for PHP to parse to code it has to
> be decrypted and if PHP can decrypt it so can you.
Key-based encryption means a key is required for decryption, so neither PHP nor
a human will be able to decrypt w/o it. (Short of a brute force attack,
assuming any of the common, good algorithms (DES, RSA) are used).
My take on the code encryption controversy, such as it is, is that since a
significanct percentage of consulting customers are dead-beatish (late or no
pay), anything you can do to create an incentive for eventual payment, such as
making modification to delivered code v. difficult, is a good thing. And that's
just one application for code-encryption technology, so to say it is never
useful is silly, IMO.
> I would like more
> information about this in the FAQ if the developers are tuned in.
> Oktay Altunergil
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