SafeNet’s AppOnChip Technology Strengthens the Bond between Protected Software and Hardware Keys for Most Secure Software Licensing Solution
Fully Automated Feature Evolves Software Security, Making It Even Harder for Crackers to Access Protected Applications
September 10, 2013
a global leader in software monetization, today announced an enhanced version
of the Sentinel® Envelope file-wrapper technology within its Sentinel License Development Kit (LDK), the company’s award-winning software
protection, licensing, and entitlement management system. With the new AppOnChip
functionality within Sentinel Envelope, software developers bind protected
software to hardware keys, requiring the physical presence of the key to not
only validate usage authorization but to execute the code itself, further strengthening
the protection SafeNet provides to its software monetization customers.
a fully automated process for binding a Sentinel hardware key to protected software by forcing selected
pieces of code to execute on the key. In the absence of the key, the
application fails to execute. All this is done without storing any of the
application code on the key itself. AppOnChip strengthens Sentinel LDK’s robust
intellectual property protection, adding to Sentinel Envelope’s strong file
encryption, code obfuscation, and anti-debugging features. AppOnChip evolves
software security to prevent the illegal use of commercial software by
Like all of Sentinel Envelope’s features, AppOnChip aligns
with SafeNet’s design principles by being easy to use and requiring no source
code modification. This fully automated process examines applications and presents
a list of functions with code blocks that are compatible with AppOnChip. The
protected blocks, encrypted and signed, can then be dynamically loaded and
executed on the hardware key.
The key benefits of SafeNet’s AppOnChip software protection
security—Because AppOnChip forces a small piece of code to run on
the token, and the results are necessary for the application to fully execute,
the application will fail to execute without the hardware key. Software vendors
can choose which specific code blocks should be protected via an easy-to-use
implementation—The process of binding the software to the
hardware key, analyzing which code can be executed on the token, and converting
code into token-executable form is fully automated—no engineering effort is
is stored on the token—Unlike competitive solutions, all of the
code resides on the hard drive of the machine running the protected application.
Only at run time, a small piece of code is executed on the token. User memory on
the key is not impacted.
Internal processes are unaffected—Protected applications do not require version
tracking at the software vendor’s end, and key updates in the field are not
required for new versions of the protected software.
headaches for legitimate end users—AppOnChip functionality is transparent to
the end user.
available at no extra cost—AppOnChip’s introductory offer is available
to all vendors at no extra cost with Sentinel LDK 7.0. In future releases, the
use of AppOnChip may require the purchase of a separate license module.
“Many ISVs have avoided implementing software security to the level
provided by AppOnChip because it was a cumbersome, manual process,” said Michael
Zunke, CTO of SafeNet’s software monetization division. “Now, SafeNet customers
can implement token-based software execution technology at the touch of a
button. We believe that
the additional security that AppOnChip delivers makes Sentinel LDK the most
secure software licensing implementation available in the market.”
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Software Monetization Solutions
family of Sentinel Software Monetization Solutions is designed to meet the
unique license enablement, enforcement, and management requirements of any
organization, regardless of size, technical requirements, or organizational
structure. Only with SafeNet are software publishers able to address each and
every aspect of the software monetization lifecycle—from software packaging, software delivery, and ongoing catalog management to copy and intellectual property protection, and end-user experience improvement.
SafeNet is believed
to be the only vendor to offer cloud-based software licensing and entitlement
management solutions in addition to traditional offerings for installation on premise.
This, paired with the ability to enforce licenses and track entitlement and
usage data via hardware tokens, software keys, or cloud services, makes SafeNet
a premier software monetization partner for ISVs, regardless of how their
software is being delivered—physically, electronically, embedded within a
device, via the cloud, or as a mixed portfolio.