java web application security,.
Posted on 2012-03-24
I have a question regarding protection of software from piracy. I have an application written in java/j2ee which uses tomcat and mysql. I have 3 deployment scenarios:
 The software is hosted on a third-party commercial software hosting solutions provider. How do I protect it from piracy ( and I am playing the devil's advocate)...by the hosting provider itself? All that the bad guys can do is simply copy the webarchive file and deploy it in a tomcat installation of their choice! So how do I protect my web application in the aforementioned situations.
 The software resides in the intranet of the company. This is a corollary to the above question. How do I protect it from piracy in this case?
 I intend to allow users to download the application and use it for "x" number of days after which it gets disabled and asks the user to pay up. How do I ensure that the user does not reactivate the software - i.e. crack it.
I would appreciate any help / pointers to protecting hard work.