Binary Protection Schemes

The presentation will cover various issues regarding:

  • protecting binaries against analysis
  • license code implementation schemes
  • modifications that can be made against a binary
  • watermarking a binary

This presentation will mainly focus on the Linux operating system, however, the ideas presented are applicable for other operating systems as well. The presentation is aimed to give a general high level overview with some examples to demonstrate the case in point.

An indepth paper on these subjects is included on the conference CD.


Andrew Griffiths (aka andrewg) has presented at RUXCON 2003 about Format string and Heap exploits. Additionally, he has been a staff member since the start of RUXCON. RUXCON is a computer security conference held in Sydney, Australia.

In his spare time he runs / codes levels for various PullThePlug resources such as and

Andrew has recently been banned from drinking on school nights with a friend by said friend after several almost all night drinking sessions causing said friend to almost miss a plane, and have to ring in sick to work.