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    Is it ok to buy an encrypted version of a script?

    I am looking to buy a script from agriya and they will only sell encrypted version of it to me.

    The question is, will this be a hassle for any developer(s) that tries to modify/decrypt the script being encrypted.

    Any ideas, opinions are welcomed.

    Thanks.

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    Yes, it will be a hassle to modify the script. In fact, modifying the script may not even be possible.

    Just my opinion, but I consider encrypted sources to be a big red flag that the code is likely to be poor quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mott View Post
    Yes, it will be a hassle to modify the script. In fact, modifying the script may not even be possible.

    Just my opinion, but I consider encrypted sources to be a big red flag that the code is likely to be poor quality.
    Guessed as much too. Thanks for helping out with this tip.

    Mucho Gracias!

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    What are they using to encrypt the scripts with?
    Logic without the fatal effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    What are they using to encrypt the scripts with?
    I really don't know but just finds it weird that it's been encrypted.

    Here's what they replied with;

    package is not open source(will be encrypted)...however, you are free to do design changes as you want however if you want the script decrypted you may have to choose a different and more expensive package.

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    . shoooo... silver trophy logic_earth's Avatar
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    If they don't have a requirement for ionCube or Zend on the server they are probably using a poor-man's version of encryption...which is easily break able. How shocking for a company that says they have an "army of 200 developers" pfft yeah right.
    Logic without the fatal effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    If they don't have a requirement for ionCube or Zend on the server they are probably using a poor-man's version of encryption...which is easily break able. How shocking for a company that says they have an "army of 200 developers" pfft yeah right.
    Got me wondering too.

    Thanks for helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    If they don't have a requirement for ionCube or Zend on the server they are probably using a poor-man's version of encryption...which is easily break able. How shocking for a company that says they have an "army of 200 developers" pfft yeah right.
    I asked an alternative to Agriya (fundraisingscript.com) right after you asked me same question about their encryption model and they sent me server requirements as thus;

    Server requirement:
    Linux Operating System (Cent OS Recommended)
    PHP 5.0 (or Higher)
    mySQL 5 (or Higher)
    GD Library (Available free at http://www.libgd.org)
    IonCube Loader (Available free at http://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php)
    cURL
    Mod Url_rewrite enabled
    Ability to run at least 2 cron jobs every day
    Open SSL compiled with PHP (fsockopen must be enabled)

    P.S. Whole fundraising script is built using valid php, xhtml, jquery-ajax coding and php framework called "CodeIgniter", and its MVC structure.


    What do you think?

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    Encryption is usually done to protect the source code--not "hide bad code".

    I sell licenses for a PHP webapp I developed, and I encrypt the source code. That prevents folks from re-distributing/re-selling/re-using my code for the application being sold.

    Without knowing the name of the webapp you're trying to purchase, I'm guessing it's a similar situation. If you want any modifications, you'll have to make the requests through the company producing the webapp.
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