Subject Re: [ib-support] Security and ignorance
Author Andreas Pohl
This is a - maybe helpfull - repost because it isn't available at yah*groups

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Pohl" <apohl@...>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2001 3:41 AM
Subject: Re: [ib-support] protecting database

> I would like to inform that solved my own problem how to protect an
> Interbase database for "unwanted" copy (even it is physically accessibly).


> My final solution is a software/hardware combination. I'm already using
> hardlock devices (, ). There is a
> system ("Hardlock Bistro") for patching binaries only run if hardlock is
> present. I applied this patch to IBserver without any problems. Second
> is to assign file extensions to include with or without encryption. I
> decided that *.gdb files should be readable and *.gds files should be
> encrypted. Last step was to run a backup from an existing gdb file and
> building an gds file via GBAK's restore.
> Finally I've got a database running only with patched ibserver version
> is only running with right hardlock device). A copy of this database is
> completely useless on other Interbase systems. But running GBAK will
> a full accessibly database if it restored with gdb extension.
> BTW if protected extension is *.* then this patched IBserver version would
> not provide a decrypted database at all!
> This a solution what I'm looking for because I've to provide a
> briefcase/replication system offline on clients pc and security of data
> "first priority". Maybe these are useful informations to others, for me -
> least - it was:)