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How secure is a built Max app?

March 13, 2008 | 12:33 pm

I hate these kind of questions as I support FOSS. But I’m doing my final major project for my degree and actually can’t find the answer to this question.

My project is based in Max and I need to analyze it as a program for the supporting document. I am trying to find out if, when you compile to a .app or .mxf, is:

a) the max patch encrypted or secured in at least a moderately secure way
b) can the included content files be got at easily?

Thanks in advance!
Alain


March 13, 2008 | 2:27 pm


March 13, 2008 | 2:45 pm

as far as i know, it is not very easy to decrypt a max collective.
maybe someone can do it, but no one in the forums said that they
really did it. i would call it "moderately secure"

on the other hand, additional content of the app can be easily viewed
by "open package content" operation in finder (on osx, don’t know
about windows), but that works for most other apps as well – you
easily get elements of ui or sounds, some support files, etc

klif


March 13, 2008 | 9:27 pm

The collective inside the app is not encrypted, and it is possible to extract working patch data from the collective if you have time and patience. If the patch is a single patch full of nested patchers, it’s considerably easier to reassemble than a patch that uses a lot of abstractions. If there is audio content etc in the collective, you can get that out too if you know what you’re looking for.


March 13, 2008 | 9:50 pm

Excellent, thanks people! So I suppose the answer is either except that it could be hacked or write everything in externals if you were bothered.

Cool, I will add that to my supporting documents!

Thanks again,
Alain


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