Advanced obfuscation techniques make de-compiled Java programs not re- compilable, thus to crack the target. mechanism of AspectJ [2] to render code obfuscation and string [15] Roubtsov, V., Cracking Java byte-code encryption, . Difficult to implement. – Of little benefit: The bytecode has to run! • No public/ private crypto offered. – Can it be implemented? • String encryption uses XOR type. string encryption. The latest version was released June 23, [14]. JBCO The Java ByteCode Obfuscator is built on top of the Soot framework and operates.

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The already oversized heading crackung this section should have read ” Strng Bytecode Encryption That is, until the system administrator account gets hacked. My answer on IT security concerning effective DRM protection methods covers this in a little more detail.

Thomborson, or the more recent Revisiting Software Protection by P. By coincidence, that particular chapter is available onlineso I have just saved you twenty dollars. This code then gets interpreted by a Java Virtual Machine similar to the. Butjaa still orders of magnitude slower than just opening and loading an unencrypted class.

An application is delivered as a monolithic executable maybe with a few dynamic librariesso it is not easy to identify all member functions of a given class or reconstruct the class hierarchy.

Debug info obfuscation By default, the javac compiler writes source file names and, optionally, line number information with -g option to the resulting class files. You may not obfuscate the names of standard Java API classes that are part of the JRE, so all uses of those classes remain clearly seen in the decompiled code.

Their findings are summarized in two articles: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering again mostly covers the topics listed in the book title, but has also included a chapter on obfuscation and cracking obfuscated code.

Wouldn’t it be feasible to use asymmetric encryption to face this problem? You’d better not stay in their way.

This is possible because the JVM allows methods of the same name with different descriptors. Before sending it to the IDE vendor, you may wish to run it through a source code obfuscator in order to replace identifiers with nonsense and remove comments. Obfuscate names and encrypt strings using the tools not relying on the application being delivered in bytecode form.


Since Allatori is utilizing this, it may lead to class files getting overwritten without any notice when unpacking the whole archive to one directory.

Protect Your Java Code — Through Obfuscators And Beyond

Now, enabling string encryption makes the decompiled code a little bit more, well, cryptic:. But before I move on, a word of caution:. The top value of the stack gets duplicated dup and the new top-value gets duplicated two values down the stack.

Ceacking the name of the class and names of its methods and fields must be present in a class file, as well as names of all imported classes, called methods, and accessed fields. This site uses cookies.

Refer to my other article for more information about AOT compilers. As you may see, the only major differences in the decompiled source code are automatically generated names of parameters and local variables. In Java, it might look like this:. However, such tools are much more expensive and often available only as part of a custom risk management solution.

What else would you have expected to find at the end of an article on a vendor site, anyway? This is happening by invoking object initialization and class initialization. Programs are statically linked, and metaprogramming facilities reflection are absent in the core language. Besides, classloader will probably be very slow if it has to use asymmetric encryption every time it needs to load a class.

Moreover, any protection scheme based on bytecode encryption can be defeated without reverse engineering of the decryption routines.

This is essentially a key storage problem and the only difficult to reverse engineer problems are in hardware; even then, they get broken. I have selected the SciMark 2. As you surely know, a Java class may have more than one method with the same name if their signatures are different, Utilizing that fact, an obfuscator can rename setPos int x, int y and setColor int color to, say, a int a, int b cracjing a int a.

Many frameworks and tools rely heavily on reflection.

Since this is a massive problem of not only application security but also intellectual property there are some efforts to prevent this by obfuscating the code in different ways. That’s true bygecode definitely interesting.


I suppose that maybe it is not mathematically possible to protect this private key inside the JVM encrypting it in turn However, even if you use a code obfuscator that forces all decompilers to fail completely, a bytecode disassembler would still work. Reverting the above obfuscatted a piece of Java source resembling the original Authentication. Note also that certain third-party libraries and frameworks require stack trace information to function properly.

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The method also generates a kind of hwid and issues a web request to the login server using a horrible case switch taking about lines, but I will spare you that. A Gun is a Great Equalizer: SciMark reports measurement results in terms of bytevode. Yes, the authors of contemporary bytecode encryptors know about those standard mechanisms and try to disable them.

String encryption is another feature commonly found in Java obfuscators.

This naturally leads us to the idea obfucated a two-step approach to Java code protection:. On the other hand, if flow obfuscation has little or no impact on performance, it may be an indicator of obfuscation weakness. Another point is that such transformations may easily slow down the code by an order of magnitude and beyond, so you’d better apply them only to most sensitive pieces of code, provided they are not performance-critical.

But it will make the classloader reaaaally slow. Check out other articles written by Excelsior staff members: I wonder if they hold an internal “obfuscate-decompile” tournament. In fact, it even needs to initialize the class. Problem is, you cannot say for sure whether this particular class or method may be accessed dynamically, especially if it belongs to a third-party library, component, or framework, or to a part of your application that was written by someone else.

Cat in the Cloud: Let’s run the above sample through a craking obfuscator and decompile the resulting crqcking.