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V.i. Labs Secures Patent for Innovative Software Protection Technology Within its Flagship CodeArmor Solution
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Patents the Industry’s First Ever Process to Simplify and Automate the Protection of Software Applications – without Code Modification
Waltham, MA -- V.i. Laboratories, Inc. ("V.i. Labs"), a provider of software protection solutions for securing high-value and mission-critical applications, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent encompassing its software protection technology used in its CodeArmor® product, Patent No. US 7,370,319, entitled "System and Method for Regulating Execution of Computer Software".
Various software protection approaches have been previously available. However, V.i. Labs’ approach is the only one that is able to provide comprehensive protection coupled with a process that automates embedding protection into existing software applications without code modification.
"Previous software protection approaches require extensive services to instrument them within customer applications and lack the automation necessary to be a part of the application build process," said Joe Noonan, CEO and President of V.i. Labs. "This patent is an important milestone for our business and demonstrates V.i. Labs’ continuing technological innovation and leadership in the space."
The core components of the patent implemented within CodeArmor include the post processor engine and runtime execution monitoring. The post processor allows companies to easily add anti-reverse engineering countermeasures to their applications at the end of the software build process and without changing the source code.
Using anti-tamper, layered anti-debug, and code encryption capabilities, the runtime execution monitor protects the sensitive code while the application is running. Also unique to CodeArmor is the ability to Just-In-Time decrypt sensitive code as it is called and re-encrypt the code once executed. When all these features are enabled, CodeArmor is able to offer a layered and comprehensive protection against license tampering to enable piracy, theft of sensitive IP within code, and tampering with behavior of the application.
"The invention and implementation of this robust technology within the CodeArmor product allows us to offer a solution that software vendors and enterprise application providers can use to secure their Intellectual Property resident within mission-critical or valuable applications," said Dr. David Pensak, Chief Scientist and Founder of V.i. Labs. "This is the first of many innovations that we expect to introduce."
CodeArmor is an out-of-the-box software protection solution that secures applications without requiring source code modifications, functionality changes, or complex security infrastructure. V.i. Labs’ patented technology automatically encrypts software at the function level and secures the application run-time environment. Once protected, applications are persistently secured against piracy, code theft and malicious tampering. Two different versions of CodeArmor are available to protect native Microsoft Windows and Microsoft .NET applications.
About V.i. Laboratories (V.i. Labs)
V.i. Labs provides software protection solutions that protect against the misappropriation and theft of intellectual property resident in software applications. Through V.i. Labs’ patented technology, software vendors, embedded system providers, enterprise organizations and government agencies are able to easily secure their software against the threat of piracy, tampering and theft, independent of where the applications are distributed. V.i. Labs is privately held and is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more information please visit: www.vilabs.com.
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