Watermarking Essential Data Structures for Copyright Protection

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Watermarking Essential Data Structures for Copyright Protection
Software watermarking is a new research area that aims at providing copyright protection for commercial software. It minimizes software piracy by hiding copyright signatures inside the program code or its runtime state. Prior proposals hide the watermarks in dummy data structures, e.g., linked lists and graphs that are created during the execution of the hosting software for this reason. This makes it vulnerable to subtractive attacks, because the attacker can remove the data structure without altering the operation or the semantic of the software program. In this regard, we argue that hiding watermarks in one or more data structures that are used by the program would make the watermark more robust because removing the watermark would alter the semantic and the operations of the underlying software. However, the challenge is that the insertion of the watermark should have a minimal effect on the operations and performance of the data structure. This paper proposes a novel method for wa...
Qutaiba Albluwi, Ibrahim Kamel
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Updated 20 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where CANS
Authors Qutaiba Albluwi, Ibrahim Kamel
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