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Re: Here is a commercial obfuscator

by crenz (Priest)
on Mar 14, 2003 at 13:15 UTC ( #243013=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Here is a commercial obfuscator

Just as a reminder -- this section is not about hiding code so others can't see it.

This section is about posting code that makes use of clever mechanisms and "whose function is not immediately apparent to anyone" (Where should I post X?). You might have noticed that one of the goals people have when code is posted here is to immediately de-obfuscate it and analyze the way it works :). You might ask yourself why someone might want to do this...

  • It can be artful, and therefore appreciated as art.
  • It can teach about in-depth perl principles.
  • It is an intellectual exercise.
  • It helps you to show off how smart you are ;-).
  • Analyzing such code helps you to improve your code-reading skills.

Code posted in this section definitely is not the thing you'd want to use in a commercial application, for various reasons.


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Re: Re: Here is a commercial obfuscator
by nothingmuch (Priest) on Mar 31, 2003 at 13:49 UTC
    I'd like to agree.
    You're marketting that obfu diddly as if it was some kind of securing filter. Try encrypting the code instead, even though that's only temporary aswell. Ever read about why security through obscurity is broken?

    Obfu's are like perl golf. They are fun, and strictly such. Take a look at Best Nodes, and see Erudil's various contributions, for example. That's art, and that's witty. Other obfu's have ingenious ways of doing things so sideways you ghasp. That's what real obfu's are about. Obfuscating is showing off, not hiding what you did. Keep that in mind.

    Do you buy a clip art package for $879-1879 and show your friends what pretty drawings you made? No. Because you didn't make them.

    -nuffin
    zz zZ Z Z #!perl

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