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Hi guys. I am getting ready to release a program that I have been working on in AutoIt and I believe that in the past you have been able to decompile an AU3 exe back to its source code, or that the source code was embedded within the exe. I think I read that this is not the case anymore and just want to make double sure that there is nothing special I need to do to protect my code from being extracted from a compiled exe.


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Searching the forums will provide you with a lot more information in greater detail, but in brief:

- Your plain language script is within the compiled .exe, but in compressed form. It is not immediately viewable with a hex editor, but is by no means secure as it is expanded in memory when the .exe is run.

- Obfuscator (part of the full SciTE4AutoIt3 package) will obscure your script by changing variable and constant names (and a lot more!), which makes it harder to decompile but again does not render the .exe secure.

So, compiling an AutoIt script will prevent quick snooping, but a determined, experienced hacker can relatively easily get your source - including passwords, specific filenames, etc - or the encryption routines you have used in your script to encrypt/decrypt them if they are stored in another file.

Probably not what you wanted to hear.... :D


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thanks for that. yes, not what I wanted to hear, but after looking at the obfuscated source code, I think that will be enough for me. :D

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Obsucator doesnt help much as what it does can be reversed easily.

This is how it is for now.Use encryption if you store passwords or

sensitive data in your script.

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you can probably try armadillo on your exe after to encrypt it

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