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How to Protect Your Product

March 12, 2019


Protect and License Your Product to Make a Profit

There are many options available to software developers to reduce the risk of software piracy and malicious use of their code. The following document explores the advantages and drawbacks of several protection strategies including Code Signing (Digital Signing), Software Obfuscation, Anti-Tampering, Software Protection Dongles, Cloud License Location, and White-box Cryptography. We hope this article is useful in exploring some of the many options available to protect your intellectual property.

Code Signing

Code Signing

Code Signing, also known as Digital Signing, is the process of digitally signing executables and scripts to assure the client OS (and therefore the user) that the software is genuine. Code Signing does nothing to assure the software developer that their code has not been tampered with in the field. The process employs the use of a cryptographic signature and certificate to validate authenticity.

Code Signing can provide several valuable features. The most common use of code signing is to provide security when deploying; in some programming languages, it can also be used to help prevent namespace conflicts. Almost every code signing implementation will provide some sort of digital signature mechanism to verify the identity of the author or build system, and a checksum to verify that the object has not been modified. It can also be used to provide versioning information about an object or to store other metadata about an object.

If your software is a stand-alone application, the signature is checked at the operating system level at first launch. If your software is a plug-in or add on, it may be checked by the host application as it loads. Code Signing is a good first step to protecting your software, however it should not be your only defense as it is susceptible to a number of work arounds. For example, if the system or host is compromised, the signature check may be ignored or removed. Without effective application protection (which is a subject covered later in this document), software protected exclusively with Code Signing be easily cracked and shared.



In software development, obfuscation is the deliberate act of creating source or machine code that is difficult for humans/hacker, and their tools to understand. Like obfuscation in natural language, it may use needlessly roundabout expressions to compose statements. Programmers may deliberately obfuscate code to conceal its purpose (security through obscurity) or its logic or implicit values embedded in it, primarily, in order to prevent tampering, deter reverse engineering, or even as a puzzle or recreational challenge for someone reading the source code. This can be done manually or by using an automated tool, the latter being the preferred technique in the industry.

Advantages of Obfuscation

There are several advantages of automated code obfuscation that have made it popular and widely useful across many platforms. On some platforms (such as Java, Android, and .NET) a decompiler can reverse-engineer source code from an executable or library. A main advantage of automated code obfuscation is that it helps protect the trade secrets (intellectual property) contained within software by making reverse-engineering a program difficult and economically unfeasible. Other advantages might include helping to protect licensing mechanisms.

Decompilation is sometimes called a man-at-the-end attack, based on the traditional cryptographic attack known as "man-in-the-middle". For run-time interpreted languages like Javascript, many publishers perform source text compression - renaming variables and methods to a single character and removing white space. Done to speed up loading, it has a side effect of some obfuscation.

Disadvantages of Obfuscation

While obfuscation can make reading, writing, and reverse-engineering a program difficult and time-consuming, it will not necessarily make it impossible. Some obfuscation techniques have been analysed enough to make automated de-obfuscation possible. Further, implemented poorly, obfuscation has the potential to bloat the size of your code significantly, and also provide clues to a skilled hacker as to where your sensitive IP can be found. Security by obscurity (obfuscation) does not alone provide long lasting robust software protection.

Tamper Proof Your Code (Anti-Tamper Software)

The goal of tamper proofing is to protect your code from being modified and used in a way you have not intended. Tamper proofing is designed to fail gracefully at run-time, and not offer any clues as to why the modified code fails to operate. It does not stop a user from examining or extracting code from your executable. Effective tamper proofing makes software dynamic analysis very difficult. A motivated malicious actor given unlimited resources and time will eventually be able to crack tamper proofed code. But months of false positives and dead ends will hopefully deter them from targeting your code and extracting anything of value for their efforts. Anti-tampering technology typically makes the software somewhat larger and also has a performance impact. Though both of code bloat and performance impacts can be mitigated through the use of advanced automation technologies. There are no provably secure software anti-tampering methods; thus, the field is an arms race between attackers and software anti-tampering technologies.

Tampering can be malicious, to gain control over some aspect of the software with an unauthorized modification that alters the computer program code and behavior. Examples include: installing rootkits and backdoors, disabling security monitoring, subverting authentication, malicious code injection for the purposes of data theft, or to achieve higher user privileges, altering control flow and communication, license code bypassing for the purpose of software piracy, code interference to extract data or algorithm, and counterfeiting. Software applications are vulnerable to the effects of tampering and code changes throughout their lifecycle from development and deployment to operation and maintenance.

Anti-tamper protection can be applied either internally or externally to the application being protected. External anti-tampering is normally accomplished by monitoring the software to detect tampering. This type of defense is commonly expressed as malware scanners and anti-virus applications. Internal anti-tampering is used to turn an application into its own security system, and is generally done with specific code within the software that will detect tampering as it happens. This type of tamper proofing defense may take the form of runtime integrity checks such as cyclic redundancy checksums, anti-debugging measures, encryption, or obfuscation. Some anti-tamper software uses white-box cryptography, so cryptographic keys are not revealed even when cryptographic computations are being observed in complete detail in a debugger.

Anti-tamper software is used in many types of software products including: embedded systems, financial applications, software for mobile devices, network-appliance systems, anti-cheating in games, military, license management software, and digital rights management (DRM) systems. Some general-purpose packages have been developed which can wrap existing code with minimal developer effort. Malicious software itself can and has been observed using anti-tampering techniques, for example the Mariposa botnet.

Software Protection Dongle

Branded image of the iLok USB Smart Key

A software protection dongle (commonly known as a dongle or key) is an electronic copy protection and content protection device. When connected to a computer or other electronics, they unlock software functionality or decode content. The hardware key is programmed with a product key or other cryptographic protection mechanism and functions via an electrical connector to an external bus of the computer or appliance.

In software protection, dongles are two-interface security tokens with transient data flow with a pull communication that reads security data from the dongle. In the absence of these dongles, certain software may run only in a restricted mode, or not at all. There are potential weaknesses in the implementation of the protocol between the dongle and the copy-controlled software. It requires considerable cunning to make this hard to crack. For example, a simple implementation might define a function to check for the dongle's presence, returning "true" or "false" accordingly, but the dongle requirement can be easily circumvented by modifying the software to always answer "true".

Modern dongles include built-in strong encryption and use fabrication techniques designed to thwart reverse engineering. Typical dongles also now contain non-volatile memory — essential parts of the software may actually be stored and executed on the dongle. Thus dongles have become secure cryptoprocessors that execute program instructions which may be input to the cryptoprocessor only in encrypted form.

Hardware cloning, where the dongle is emulated by a device driver, is also a threat to traditional dongles. To thwart this, some dongle vendors adopted smart card product, which are widely used in extremely rigid security requirement environments such as military and banking.

The PACE Anti-Piracy iLok is a robust security product that runs code. Not merely a dongle with a digital identifier or secret. The iLok is an active security device that leverages both hardware and software encryption, public key private key infrastructure (PKI), and digital signing in conjunction with application protection tools that are used to protect the software.

Cloud License Location

Branded image of the iLok Cloud

Modern cloud licensing solutions are as secure, and in some cases more secure, than traditional dongle systems, as the cloud provides a secure active security component. Cloud-based software licensing also removes the risk of lost or damaged dongles and computers. You can rest assured that the licenses activated to the modern cloud-based software license solutions will not be cloned, hacked, or tampered with.

License checks that are performed by the client software still need to be secured against reverse engineering and modification; otherwise, they can be identified and disabled by hackers.

White-box Cryptography

White-box Cryptography

White-box cryptography is a necessary building block in any overall software security strategy. It is a cornerstone in the protection of cryptographic primitives in applications that run on potentially hostile execution platforms, such as on PC’s, Tablets, or Smartphones, and white-box cryptography is a key component of DRM and software licensing solutions.

The underlying idea of white-box cryptography is to merge the key and the crypto algorithm code into a new, transformed code. The key is effectively hidden in the code and cannot be easily separated. White-box cryptography implementations of symmetric block ciphers, like AES and DES, are available as commercial products. Additionally, some white-box cryptography suppliers offer implementations of algorithms such as hashes, RSA, and Elliptic Curve Cryptography, with the capability to combine multiple algorithms without disclosing the intermediate values, as well as tools to build unique White-box implementations on-demand.


  • Easy to upgrade and update with patches, so security can be refreshed at regular intervals to stay ahead of malicious actors
  • Easy to distribute across various platforms
  • Eliminates hardware security dependencies


  • Needs more resources and may not be ideal for resource-constrained platforms such as minimalistic embedded devices
  • No defined method to assess the strength of the security. Ideally, software white-boxes should be penetration tested in the context of its intended use case to assess the implementations suitability for purpose

For more information on how PACE can help you protect your software, contact us today.

PACE Anti-Piracy Joins the MathWorks Connections Program

PACE Joins the MathWorks Connections Program, Allowing MATLAB Users to Monetize Their Projects

Silicon Valley, CA – PACE Anti-Piracy, creator of the iLok and PACE Licensing Platform, announced today that it has become a member of the MathWorks Connections Program. MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists.

MathWorks Connections Membership Gives MATLAB Compiler Users Full-Scale Support to Commercially Distribute their Application with a Licensing and Security Solution. 

The MathWorks Connections Program is available to third-party organizations that develop complementary products that integrate and add to the existing feature set of  MATLAB®, a programming and numeric computing platform used by millions of engineers and scientists to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models. These partner offerings address technical needs across a wide range of applications and industries worldwide with software and hardware products that extend the usage of MATLAB and Simulink®. These solutions seamlessly integrate with MathWorks products and ensure ongoing compatibility with new platform releases.

PACE Anti-Piracy brings nearly four decades of application security and licensing experience to the MATLAB market. With over 140 million licenses secured, PACE is extending its platform support to include MATLAB Compiler projects. PACE Anti-Piracy’s licensing solution delivers support for:                      

  • Licensing to control the use of your products;
  • Encryption to protect your code;
  • Digital signatures to identify your genuine, unmodified products.

PACE allows MATLAB users to have the peace of mind that their IP and software are protected and offers a platform to commercialize and monetize their compiled MATLAB Applications. 

“Our MATLAB integrated solution extends PACE’s respected security and licensing platform that currently services industries such as Fintech, Medical, Industrial Software, and Media Entertainment,” said Patrick DiFerdinando, VP of Sales. “We were approached by MATLAB users seeking a bespoke licensing solution. As a result, PACE created a standardized solution to meet the needs of MATLAB users. We are pleased to join the MathWorks Connections Program and offer our security expertise to the scientists and engineers that wish to sell their software.”

About PACE Anti-Piracy

PACE Anti-Piracy is a global leader in robust Application Protection and flexible Software Licensing Management Solutions. Since 1985, PACE has provided software developers and distributors with high value products, automated solutions for anti-piracy protection and secure software distribution. In response to market demands for stronger security products, PACE has expanded its product line to offer White-Box Cryptography (WBC) and Runtime Application Security Protection (RASP) solutions. PACE's products and services are trusted by thousands of software developers supporting millions of end users around the

For further information on how to monetize your MATLAB, please contact: [email protected]

About MathWorks 

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 5000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See for a list of additional trademarks.

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Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) Switches to iLok

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is proud to announce that Vienna Symphonic Library is now offering iLok USB and iLok Cloud compatible licenses for their entire product line. In an announcement earlier today, VSL's press release stated "We’re excited to enter a new era of easy installation procedures, license management, and using our products with or without a physical USB key!"

Along with new iLok compatible licenses, VSL has created an application called Vienna Assistant, to aid in the download and installation process. As VSL states "we’ve streamlined the entire process from purchasing to playing so you can focus on what really matters, your music!" To celebrate the switch, VSL is offering store-wide discounts on all of their products!

Derek Heimlich, Director of Sales, Pro Audio, at PACE Anti-Piracy stated "We are proud to be working with Vienna Symphonic Library. They are known throughout the industry for their excellent products, and we are happy to help protect their products while enabling their customers to fulfill their artistic endeavors."

For videos, instructions, and more details on VSL's switch to iLok, read their full article here.

About Vienna Symphonic Library GmbH

VSL is one of the leading developers of sample libraries and music production software for classical orchestral music. The Vienna Symphonic Library provides digital samples of solo voices and instruments as well as orchestral ensembles. The VSL software acts as an interface for the music composer to play the real instruments on a MIDI keyboard. Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake are all VSL users.

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PACE Anti-Piracy Announces End-to-End Robust Anti-Tamper Support for Apple Silicon

PACE Anti-Piracy Inc., is pleased to announce full Native Apple Silicon support. After significant development and rigorous testing, iLok copy protection tools are now fully Apple Silicon compatible. The latest license support software update now includes full M1 support, along with existing support for Intel-based Mac OS systems. This release enables plug-in makers and publishers to update their products that have native M1 support with full license protection.

“We knew our publishers were keen on taking advantage of M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max devices and its impact on the creative community and their workflows. This was a top priority for our engineering team - and it was a big job. We are really happy about this release.” said Allen Cronce, CEO PACE Anti-Piracy, regarding the announcement.

In addition, if you are using iLok License Manager version 5.5 or newer, you can now request a machine activation reset from within iLok License Manager. The publisher will still need to approve the request.

iLok is part of the PACE Anti-Piracy licensing platform which enables publishers to distribute their licenses securely via cloud, machine, or iLok hardware. Secure license distribution also requires different layers of protection, including a high security tamper-protection solution called Fusion. The work surrounding Fusion was very complex and required significant changes at the OS Level.

About PACE Anti-Piracy

PACE Anti-Piracy Inc., is an industry leader in providing robust software copy protection and flexible license management services, is a privately held company based in Silicon Valley, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with easy-to-use high-quality solutions for anti-piracy protection and secure software distribution. PACE's products and services are used by an ever-growing number of world-class software publishers around the world.

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PACE Anti-Piracy Raises the Bar in White-Box Encryption Protection for Bank, PSP, and Payment Scheme Applications

Next-gen ‘White-Box Works’ code generator launches complete with EMVCo Software-Based Mobile Payment security evaluation certificate

1st March 2022 - San Jose, California - Banks, payment service providers (PSPs), schemes, and other financial institutions can now benefit from a uniquely high level of sensitive data protection and application attack resistance, following today’s launch of White-Box Works, a next-generation EMVCo-evaluated White-Box code generator, from PACE Anti-Piracy. 

Unlike traditional solutions, White-Box Works gives the customer complete, independent control over their protected code, ensuring their encryption keys and proprietary algorithms never leave the customer’s premises. White-Box Works can transform any C-code into a protected white-box variant in a single step, offering unparalleled flexibility, security, and efficiency.

This level of in-house control also promises to increase operational efficiency for the customer, since they are no longer beholden to a white-box library vendor’s build schedule and can develop their application in accordance with their internal schedules. It also enables the customer to use, replace and update their deployed encryption keys and algorithms at will, with no need to re-engage PACE Anti-Piracy, or any other third-party vendor, to do so. 

White-Box Works has been designed to defeat a variety of sophisticated attacks, including those involving reverse engineering, fault injection, and advanced statistical analysis (such as Differential Computation Analysis).

White-Box Works outputs code that has been designed to defeat a range of attacks to which many encryption-dependent financial apps remain vulnerable, including, for example, those supporting mobile payments, digital identity, self-service retail, and softPOS use-cases. 

White-Box Works has also achieved an EMVCo Software-Based Mobile Payment (SBMP) security evaluation certificate, following a successful EMVCo SBMP Evaluation conducted by global security lab, Riscure. 

“Statistical Analysis attacks are the bane of all white-box encryption protection solutions,” comments Allen Cronce, CEO of PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. “We are very proud to be equipping the financial services industry with a solution capable of addressing these and other vulnerabilities. White-Box Works represents a significant step forward in the encryption protection space, and will give banks, PSPs, schemes, and other financial sector users greater confidence in the security of their sensitive data. We’re also delighted to accompany the launch with news of White-Box Works’ EMVCo SBMP evaluation certificate and are grateful to Riscure’s talented penetration testers. The entire Riscure team has been a pleasure to work with throughout the rigorous EMVCo evaluation process.”

“Riscure is proud to have assisted PACE Anti-Piracy in achieving an EMVCo SBMP evaluation certificate for White-Box Works,” adds Maarten Bron, Managing Director of Riscure North America. “This innovative technology provides a unique security capability for solution developers as it supports the creation of white-box instances for any algorithm, allowing for optimal flexibility and developer freedom when the protection of cryptographic keys is vital. This makes White-Box Works not only useful in payments, but also in other fields such as digital rights management, eHealth, IoT, automotive and more.” 

“It's also noteworthy that White-Box Works was evaluated as a stand-alone technology and did not require the additional protection of binary hardening and tamper-proofing technology to receive an EMVCo security evaluation certificate,” adds Allen Cronce. “I believe this is another industry first for White-Box Works. It’s an unmatched achievement we are immensely proud to highlight.”

White-Box Works is available now. For more information, please visit our White-Box Works webpage or contact PACE Anti-Piracy at [email protected]

About PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high-quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE products are used by a growing number of world-class software publishers around the world. 

About Riscure

Founded in 2001, Riscure is a leading global advisor on the security of connected and IoT devices, as well as a recognized vendor of advanced security testing tools and security training. Riscure helps customers around the world to build robust hardware and software solutions and to speed up the process of secure development and certification. Riscure is the thought leader in Mobile Security and has been the front runner on security analysis of White-box Cryptographic implementations since 2012.

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iLok USB-C Announced

PRESS RELEASE – PACE ANTI-PIRACY, INC. - iLok USB-C Announced - Offering Professionals Even More Options To Keep Licenses Safe


PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. have today announced the USB-C version of the third generation iLok USB.

In addition to the iLok USB-A, PACE is now offering the iLok USB-C which uses the USB Type-C connector. Both iLok devices hold up to 1,500 authorizations—3x more than before—and deliver twice the transfer speed of the second generation iLok USB. Plus, it’s sleeker, smaller, and more secure, with a full metal jacket (made from durable aluminum) that won’t split or crack from normal use.

The iLok USB is fully backward compatible with previous versions – so all software developed for use with a 2nd generation iLok will continue to work with a 3rd generation iLok USB-A or USB-C. And with the addition of Zero Downtime (ZDT) protection, you will always have access to your licenses if your iLok USB is lost, damaged, or stolen.

Eden 5.0 - PACE Anti Piracy
iLok USB-A (back) & iLok USB-C (front)

Since its release over 20 years ago, the iLok USB hardware device has never been compromised.

The design of the 3rd generation iLok USB-A and USB-C are a huge step up from previous versions. The internal components are ingeniously small, packed into their metal case using methods that make duplication virtually impossible. And fewer components mean fewer points of failure once the device is being used in the field.

Many people asked for a USB-C version of the iLok, and here it is. More computers are entering the market with USB Type-C ports, and our new iLok USB-C allows users with USB-C ports to use our licensing key without the need of additional adapters. Along with our Fusion Anti-Tamper technology, the 3rd generation iLok USB-A and iLok USB-C provide a publisher with the most secure tools in the industry. Period.

Andrew KirkVice President of PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.

Whether you’re purchasing your first iLok device or want to consolidate licenses from older keys, iLok USB makes it easy to take all of your software authorizations with you, wherever you go.


Standard 3rd generation iLok USB-C pricing (as of April 2021)
All pricing is in US$
MSRP is $59.95


How many licenses can the iLok USB-A and USB-C hold?

The 3rd generation iLok USB-A and iLok USB-C can hold up to 1500 licenses depending on the license type. By comparison, the 2nd generation iLok USB can hold up to 500 licenses.

Can I have original iLoks, the iLok USB-A, and iLok USB-C in my account at the same time?

Yes, you can have any combination of iLok USBs in your account at the same time.

Does the new version of the iLok USB work just like the original iLok device?

The 3rd generation iLok USB works the same as the 2nd generation iLok USB. It is also fully backward compatible.

Can I get Zero Downtime protection on a new iLok USB?

Zero Downtime (ZDT) is immediately available for 3rd generation iLok USB-A and iLok USB-C. Theft & Loss Coverage (TLC) may be enabled within the iLok License Manager application on ZDT-covered 2nd & 3rd generation iLoks.

Do I have to buy the new version of the iLok USB?

You do not need to purchase a new iLok USB to continue working. Note that software publishers may set some of their products to require 2nd generation or above iLoks.

Will you still be selling the third generation iLok USB-A?

Yes, 3rd generation iLok devices are now available in both USB-A and USB-C versions.

Why should I buy the new version of the iLok USB-C?

If your computer only has USB Type-C ports, you can use the new iLok USB-C without the need for a USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter connector.

Can I move licenses from an old iLok device to a new iLok USB-C?

Yes, both the new and original iLok USB function the same.


PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately-held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE’s products are used by an ever-growing number of world-class software publishers around the globe. Current and past PACE Customers include AbbeyRoad/EMI, Adobe, Antares (Auto-Tune), Apple Computer, AudioEase, AVID/Digidesign, Brother International, Celemony, Corel, Cycling74, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Inc., DxO Labs, EastWest Soundsonline, Electronic Arts, Empirical Labs, FontWorks Japan, Follett Corporation, Gobbler, Harman International/Lexicon, InstallShield Software, KORG, Line6, Massenburg DesignWorks, Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU), McDowell Signal Processing (McDSP), Morisawa and Company, Nemetchek America, Network Associates/ Netscout, Neural DSP, Nikon, Notionmusic, Philips, Sanyo, Slate Digital, Softube, Sonic Solutions, SSL, Sonivox, Sonnox Plugins, SoundToys, Unity3D, Universal Audio, US Cost, UVI, Verance, Vienna Symphonic Library, Waves, The Walt Disney Company, Write Brothers Inc, plus over 300 Pro Audio software companies.


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Announcing White-Box Works

PACE Anti-Piracy Announces White-Box Works, a Next-Generation White-Box Code Generator to Secure Cryptographic Keys and Data Against Discovery


PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. a leader in in-app protection technologies today announces the release of White-Box Works—a next-generation white-box code generator. This new in-app protection tool is a groundbreaking approach to white-box technology. Its unique industry-leading architecture adds new dimensions of security to protect cryptographic secrets against the most advanced discovery attacks.


White-Box Works is a white-box code generator, not simply a library of protected cryptographic operations. With White-Box Works software developers can generate or update an unlimited number of unique white-box implementations on-demand, keeping your team nimble and your bottom line safe from unexpected support bills. With White-box Works, updating your app no longer means updating your development budget.

White-Box Works includes many enhancements vs. previous generations of white-box products.

  1. Advanced proprietary architecture translates into resistance to the latest cryptographic attacks
  2. Algorithm agnostic
  3. Support for non-deterministic algorithms

The use of cryptography has grown significantly in recent years, and it’s increasingly common for applications to leverage cryptography. As encouraging as this might be, many developers have a false impression about what the use of cryptography in their application actually means in terms of security.

When an application encrypts data and sends it to a third party (that has a key to decrypt it), the data is protected in transit, but nothing is protecting the encrypt/decrypt operations themselves. If an attacker gains access to either device (a bank app running on a mobile device for example) they can easily extract an unencrypted copy of the key at the instance at which the key is decrypted.

Depending on how the application manages keys, this may allow the attacker to decrypt all past and future data sent by the application and possibly even all data sent by all users of the application. The result of such an attack is not simply a single compromised app, but potential intellectual property loss, DRM class breaks, back-end systems compromise, risk of costly GDPR and CCPA regulatory action, as well as damage to the App developer’s reputation and brand.

White-Box Works is an unmatched in-app protection tool to address this problem.

In cryptographic implementations transformed by White-Box Works, private keys, content keys and license store keys, trusted constants such as public keys, and proprietary algorithms are all executed within the boundaries of the White-Box and are never visible in a decrypted state in the static application or in runtime memory. White-Box Works was designed to defeat reverse engineering attacks and advanced statistical analysis attacks (like Differential Computation Analysis).

White-Box Works is a new, unique solution for adding white-box cryptography to applications. It provides unmatched protection for cryptographic keys vs. legacy solutions and is more flexible without compromising ease of use or performance.


White-Box Works is available today to software publishers as an option when updating their products.

Statement from PACE's CEO

Allen Cronce, CEO of PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. states: “As app developers move more and more software logic to client side implementations, there is a pressing need to harden security related code against attacks. Financial services, identity, contact tracing, biotech and automotive apps are particularly vulnerable given their architectures.” With White-Box Works, PACE meets this need by providing comprehensive multi-layered security for keys and data.

About PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high-quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE products are used by a growing number of world-class software publishers around the world.

For more information, please visit

Contact: [email protected]

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Compatibility with Apple Notarization



October 14, 2019, San Jose, California.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc., a leading License Management and Application Protection platform, today announces compatibility with Apple Notarization.

Apple Notarization was initially announced at WWDC 2018 as an extension to the Developer ID program, where developers submit their apps to Apple for review. The program, as announced at WWDC 2018, was optional.

In April 2019, an update to Apple’s notarization support documentation  advised "Beginning in macOS 10.14.5, all new or updated kernel extensions and all software from developers new to distributing with Developer ID must be notarized in order to run." While the process changed to force new developers to notarize, the notice also points out everyone else developing macOS software will have to do so eventually, as "In a future version of macOS, notarization will be required by default for all software." 

In September 2019, Apple updated app publishers again. “As a reminder, Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run on macOS Catalina.”

About Notarization

Gatekeeper Dialog

Notarization gives users more confidence that the Developer ID-signed software you distribute has been checked by Apple for malicious components. Notarization is not App Review. The Apple notary service is an automated system that scans your software for malicious content, checks for code-signing issues, and returns the results to you quickly. If there are no issues, the notary service generates a “ticket” for you to “staple” to your software; the notary service also publishes that ticket online where Gatekeeper can find it.

When the user first installs or runs your software, the presence of a ticket (either online or attached to the executable) tells Gatekeeper that Apple notarized the software. Gatekeeper then places descriptive information in the initial launch dialog to help the user make an informed choice about whether to launch the app.

Impact on PACE Anti-Piracy Eden Tools Users

Fast forward to today. With the October 1, 2019 release of Eden tools 5.1.0, PACE has added generalized support for Apple Notarization from within our tools. “To support our customers, we worked closely with Apple to get out ahead of Apple’s Notarization feature”, says Allen Cronce, CEO of PACE Anti-Piracy.

If your company hasn’t updated its licensing and application protection systems in the last few years, Apple is giving you yet another compelling reason to revamp those antiquated solutions. Now is a great time to adopt a new platform and work with a partner that’s committed to staying ahead of Apple ecosystem changes.

PACE has been providing licensing and application protection solutions to Apple application developers since 1985. We have the technology and experience to make transitioning to a modern, streamlined licensing and application protection solution painless and the cost of our technology is likely no more than your company is already investing in your current solution.

To learn more and get a demo today, please contact us.

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Support for 64-bit Apple Applications



September 10, 2019, San Jose, California.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc., a leading License Management and Application Protection platform, today reaffirms their commitment to compatibility with 64-bit Mac applications.

Apple first warned developers in 2017 that updates to macOS after High Sierra would not run 32-bit apps ‘without compromise’. 64-bit has been required for both app submissions and app updates to the Mac App Store since January 1, 2018. To notify users of the upcoming changes, an alert dialogue in macOS was added in early 2018.

App is not optimaixed for your Mac. Warning dialog

Fast forward to today. With the public beta of the next major version of macOS, macOS Catalina now here, it's no surprise that Apple is dropping support for 32-bit apps.

Why is Apple dropping support for 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina?

Here's what Apple has to say on the subject:

“A State-of-the-art technology is what makes a Mac a Mac. All modern Macs include powerful 64-bit processors, and macOS runs advanced 64-bit apps, which can access dramatically more memory and enable faster system performance. The technologies that define today's Mac experience—such as Metal graphics acceleration—work only with 64-bit apps. To ensure that the apps you purchase are as advanced as the Mac you run them on, all future Mac software will eventually be required to be 64-bit.

Apple began the transition to 64-bit hardware and software technology for Mac over a decade ago, and is working with developers to transition their apps to 64-bit.”

So where does that leave software companies that have delayed releasing 64-bit Mac applications because their legacy licensing system is not 64-bit compatible? Well, the short answer is scrambling for a modern alternative to dongle-based licensing systems that were designed in the last century. Based on the inquiries we have received to-date, in addition to the soon to be retired DevMate licensing system, we are led to believe that many popular licensing systems, including the Thalas Gemalto Sentinel product, are not 64-bit compatible.

If your company hasn’t updated its licensing and application protection systems in the last few years, Apple is now giving you a compelling reason to request the budget to revamp those antiquated solutions. It’s not a secret that many of the best-known legacy licensing solutions suffer from well-understood security cracks, are at best keeping honest people honest, and are often just creating headaches for you, your staff, and your customers. Now is a great time to finally adopt a more modern solution.

Please contact us. PACE has been providing licensing and application protection solutions to Apple application developers since 2010, we have the technology and experience to make transitioning to a modern streamlined licensing and application protection solution painless, and the cost of our technology is likely no more than your company is already investing in your current solution.

Contact: [email protected]

About PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high-quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE products are used by a growing number of world-class software publishers around the world.


“32-bit app compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and later”

“macOS Catalina Is Dropping Support for 32-Bit Apps: How to Check Which Mac Apps Will Stop Working”, 4 July 2019

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Eden 5.0



PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. introduces Eden 5.0—a major upgrade to their industry leading software license protection service. The new version has major increases in security, performance and ease-of-use for software developers that use iLok copy protection for their products.

Today, PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. has released a major upgrade to their Copy Protection and License Management toolset and end user software—Eden 5.0.


The Eden 5.0 release includes many updates and enhancements for PACE’s Publisher Partners—software publishers that use iLok to protect their intellectual property and their end user customers. The new version has major increases in security, performance, and ease-of-use for software developers.

For our publisher partners that use our Eden SDK, several new Windows security countermeasures, as well as enhancements that enable faster build times of protected products, are included in Eden 5.0.

Periodic license checks have also been added to the Eden 5.0 Wrapper to provide an additional level of protection.

The Fusion parser has been updated to provide improved support of C++11 through C++17 language standards.

PACE is also announcing that the iLok Cloud feature is enabled for all publishers that want to offer their customers the ability to activate without a dongle.

For convenience, iLok Cloud-enabled Eden Tools licenses are now available for Eden 5.0, so developers can authorize the Eden 5.0 SDK tools without an iLok. Developers that use PACE’s Digital Signing Service will also be able to sign their binaries without an iLok by leveraging Eden 5.0’s iLok Cloud licensing feature.

For End-User Customers, Eden 5.0 Features

  • Auto-updating of the iLok License Manager
  • Automatic download and installation of License Support by the wrapper as needed
  • Notification of iLok Cloud use
  • Faster load times of protected products


Eden 5.0 is available today to software publishers as an option when updating their products.

Statement from PACE's CEO

Allen Cronce, CEO of PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. states:

"This version of the Eden SDK is our best yet, setting a new standard for security, quality, performance, and ease of use.""

Meet PACE Anti-Piracy at NAMM 2019

PACE Anti-Piracy will exhibit in booth 14800 at NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, CA., January 24 th  – 27th, 2019. We invite software publishers to visit our booth, where we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

For more information, please visit

Contact: [email protected]

About PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc.

PACE Anti-Piracy, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Jose, California. Since 1985, PACE has provided software publishers and distributors with high-quality solutions for secure software distribution. PACE products are used by a growing number of world-class software publishers around the world.

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