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In its mission to deliver unique, most secure and highly versatile technologies to software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers, Wibu-Systems has developed CodeMeter, a comprehensive and award-winning suite of hardware- and software-based entitlement solutions for the protection of software rights and technical know-how against piracy, reverse engineering, tampering, sabotage, and espionage.

Setting licenses free vs. locking them down 

2018-05-16

Typically, we elaborate on techniques that make managing licenses and entitlements a seamless journey for ISVs and their customers. However, there are special conditions that may present themselves during the license lifecycle when you want to take deliberate actions aimed at locking down your licenses swiftly and permanently. Let’s see what these scenarios may be:

  • You realize that a hacker is attacking your software; with unlimited time on his side to perpetrate reverse engineering and analysis, he may gain some ground; when you put a limit on the number of attempts he can try, you may save not only your intellectual property which is being targeted, but your entire business.
  • A CmDongle containing a valid license goes missing; whether it was lost or stolen, or the customer is actually trying to mislead you to get a new license for free, you can lock down the license associated with the dongle before shipping a new one, just to make sure that, in case the old dongle resurfaces one day, you still have only a single active license in the field.
  • A CmActLicense is no longer accessible; whether the computer really needed software or hardware maintenance and the customer could not disable the license before the crash, or the customer is cheating on you, you have the means to lock down the license and protect yourself should the license ever become active again online.

There are multiple avenues to lock licenses down. Join us to discover them all and be ready to apply them when needed.

CodeMeter offers the unique ability in the global market to lock licenses down:

  • For the first use case listed above, you can opt for AxProtector, which is enabled by default, and needs just one click to activate the feature that will come to your rescue.
  • When hardware or software based licenses are compromised because a dongle went missing or a soft-license is no longer accessible, you still have a one-click option with CodeMeter License Central, which is preset by default. If you don’t have a CodeMeter License Central installation or your customer is permanently offline, you can also use CodeMeter API; in both cases, you can create and distribute a software update that includes a blacklist of the compromised CmDongles and CmActLicenses; upon installing the new version of your software, the license that was reported as compromised to the ISV is locked down, whether the customer goes online or stays offline after performing the update from a DVD or USB memory stick. The lock-down can also be set to occur several days after the update to make sure there is no immediate correlation between the two actions.

For accidental cases of license lock-downs, CodeMeter naturally also includes a way to remove locks at any time.

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WIBU-SYSTEMS AG (WIBU®), a privately held company founded by engineers Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit in 1989, is an innovative technology leader in the global software license lifecycle management. In its mission to deliver unique, most secure and highly flexible technologies to software publishers and industrial manufacturers, Wibu-Systems has developed a comprehensive, award-winning suite of hardware- and software-based solutions incorporating internationally patented processes dedicated to the integrity protection of digital assets and intellectual property. Wibu-Systems’ product portfolio addresses a wide variety of application delivery models, including PCs, mobile, embedded automation, cloud computing, SaaS, and virtualized architectures. 

Through its motto “Perfection in Protection, Licensing and Security”, Wibu-Systems is standing up for ethically produced software and reinforces its vocation to eradicate software counterfeiting, reverse engineering, code tampering, as well as device and smart factory sabotage, espionage and cyber-attacks.

With its flagship CodeMeter® all-in-one security platform, Wibu-Systems facilitates software monetization techniques to meet the increasing demand for top line revenue growth through the reduction of bottom line costs and the enablement of new marketing strategies. Software powered businesses, whether in the consumer, corporate or embedded systems realm, can create, deliver, and manage an entire orchestration of ready-made license models able to address their singular needs. In a market that is becoming more and more customer oriented, it is strategic to also personalize the offering terms of functionalities, pricing and compliance, and this is where Wibu-Systems enters the game with value added consulting services, localized engineering support and secure hosting.

With more than 50% of its employees involved in research and development, Wibu-Systems has pioneered a number of ingenious technologies, and empowered software developers and intelligent device manufacturers to deliver secure products that meet their customers’ needs. In fact, Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter and WibuKey security solutions have won several hackers’ contests and are acknowledged and trusted worldwide. Sophisticated use of cryptography, secure key storage, full integration of an unparalleled line-up of form factors within the same framework, license model agnostic hardware, and interoperability with all major computer-based, embedded, real time and PLC operating systems are some of the key differentiators that allow Wibu-Systems to position itself at the forefront and propel software businesses to new heights.

Wibu-Systems is DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certified and an active member of international and domestic organizations, like BITKOM, VDMA, IIC or TCG as well as standardization committees, such as the USB Implementers Forum, the SD Cards Association and the OPC Foundation. Wibu-Systems has qualified itself as a certified Microsoft Gold OEM Hardware Partner and Wind River Validated Partner; it has also joined the developer programs of Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Oracle, QNX, and many others. The company’s products have received several awards: Just in 2014, CodeMeter has won the SIIA CODiE Awards for “Best Content Rights and Delivery Solution”, and the German IT-Security Prize for BlurryBox® cryptography. CmStick has also been granted the International iF Product Design Award and has been nominated for the German design award (Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).

The company is leading different research projects with universities and other bodies, partially funded by the German BMBF (Ministry for Education and Research) and BMWE (Ministry for Economic Affairs). Among them are MimoSecco, EmbOSYST and OpSIT, respectively for cloud computing, embedded operating systems and smart technologies. Wibu-Systems is also cooperating with KIT (the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), the Fraunhofer Institute, DFKI (the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), SmartFactoryKL and FZI (the Research Center for Information Technology) on a number of research and development activities.

Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, Wibu-Systems holds wholly owned subsidiaries in Seattle, USA, as well as in Shanghai and Beijing, China; the company also has sales offices in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and a capillary world distribution network.

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