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Posted on 2007-11-15
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I have noticed the potential for software liscences being "leaked" within my organisation?There is a standard build document that has the liscence key for a product that has been published ONLINE. I have done google searches for the key which thankfully it doesnt return... yet! As well as ensuring the document is removed offline.. WHat else can I do to ensure this key doesnt get into the wrong hands....

Get a new key for the product incase malicious users have got an access.
There nothing I can do about the document itself as anyone could of saved a copy.

Any thoughts welcome..
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by:r-k
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It's very unlikely that a key that is not on a web page will leak out, unless someone deliberately leaks it.
Your only other option would be to search the contents of all files on your networked computers looking for the key, to remove all traces of it. If you know the document name you could search by filename, which might be simpler.
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by:pma111
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I suppose we could contact the software company and ask for a new liscence key. A major reconcilliation project as all the clients with it installed with the valid serial would need to be changed, but I suppose its the only safe method now this has potentially leaked.
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Are you saying that the license key has been leaked, or are you saying it _may_ have been leaked?
If the latter, I would just wait because it's not a sure thing, and you can always change keys later if the leak is confirmed.
I am saying this without knowing all details, of course, such as what are the consequences of a key being leaked, which depends a lot on what software, what is your responsibility/liability etc. for the specific case. For most routine software it just seems like a hassle based on just the possibility. Just my .02, and I not a lawyer. In the end you have to decide based on your comfort level, because you know more about this.
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It is online so theres a high chance its been leaked. the software is remote support but details default gateways on the network, port numbers and gateway keys. quite alarming really
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