06006328 is referenced by 420 patents and cites 10 patents.

A software-based computer security enhancing process and graphical software-authenticity method, and a method to apply aspects of the two are disclosed. The process provides protection against certain attacks on executable software by persons or other software used on the computer. Software using this process is protected against eavesdropping (the monitoring of software, applications, the operating system, disks, keyboard, or other devices to record (steal) identification, authentication or sensitive data such as passwords, User-ID's, credit-card numbers and expiry dates, bank account and PIN numbers, smart-card data, biometric information (for example: the data comprising a retina or fingerprint scan), or encryption keys), local and remote tampering (altering software to remove, disable, or compromise security features of the altered software) examination (viewing the executable program, usually with the intent of devising security attacks upon it), tracing (observing the operating of an executable program step-by-step), and spoofing (substituting counterfeit software to emulate the interface of authentic software in order to subvert security) by rogues (eg: Trojan Horses, Hackers, Viruses, Terminate-and-stay-resident programs, co-resident software, multi-threaded operating system processes, Worms, Spoof programs, key-press password capturers, macro recorders, sniffers, and other software or subversions). Aspects include executable encryption, obfuscation, anti-tracing, anti-tamper & self-verification, runtime self-monitoring, and audiovisual authentication (math, encryption, and graphics based method permitting users to immediately recognise the authenticity and integrity of software). FIG. 5 in the specification depicts the many components and their interaction.

Title
Computer software authentication, protection, and security system
Application Number
679077
Publication Number
6006328
Application Date
July 12, 1996
Publication Date
December 21, 1999
Inventor
Christopher Nathan Drake
North Sydney
AU
Agent
Kim Townsend and Townsend and Crew Kanzake Ph D
Philip H Albert
Assignee
Christopher N Drake
GB
IPC
G06F 12/14
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