Source Code Protection
If your application’s source code gets stolen, it can cause damage to your organization.
Why is securing source code mandatory?
Source code security should be one of your priorities. Why?
Source code is vital to building applications, making it valuable proprietary information. Still, it is forgotten among many other security considerations.
The end-user can modify and retrieve every piece of code, including code secrets, proprietary algorithms, and functions that handle sensitive data.
Finally, application security guides such as those from OWASP highlight the threats posed by reverse engineering and tampering with application source code, especially in applications that handle sensitive data or perform critical operations.
Threats within source code
Security is critical for any application that handles sensitive user information. Personal data is valuable to attackers, and it takes just one security gap for an app to facilitate a data breach.
If code is left unprotected, it can lead to:
Stolen user credentials;
Access to accounts with escalated privileges;
Further infection of devices that belong to the user;
Stolen intellectual property;
Damage the company's reputation.
We identify two main scenarios:
1. Debugging and Tampering
Application security guides, such as those from OWASP, highlight reverse engineering and tampering threats with application source code.
2. Data Exfiltration and Other Client-Side Attacks
We have been seeing a growing surge of web supply chain attacks, such as Magecart attacks, flooding the web and leveraging the client side to exfiltrate data.
If attackers have easy access to an app’s source code, they can distribute dozens or hundreds of copycats via third-party websites or apps.
To counter this and other security liabilities, explore resilient source code protection that obfuscates the source code to hinder reverse engineering and adds runtime defenses to prevent tampering to thwart copycats and lock attackers out.
How can development teams ensure that their source code is protected?
How Jcrambler can help you
Protect the client-side of your application.
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