Source Code Encryption

How to encrypt source code deployed on Apache Tomcat?

I using rails on jruby deployed on client machine, and I want to prevent
client from hacking my source code.

Any ideas?


Chances are you’re already using Warbler to generate a .war … just try
it’s compiled feature.

It will pre-compile all .rb files into -> .class ones and replace .rb
file’s content to load the compiled .class.

If you’re really into it you can further obfuscate with tools such as
Proguard, although I would be a little cautious there.



Do you know how to compile xxx.yml files ?

You could perhaps encrypt the contents of the YML file, then decrypt
before parsing.

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On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 6:29 PM, Kengsreng T. [email protected]

Use jrubyc to compile your main ruby script to class files. That should

Even with compiling, the resulting class files can be inspected
(somewhat) with javap.

If you run javap -v on the file (don’t included the .class extension)
then you can see the method signatures and Java byte code instructions.
Not at all like seeing the original source, but not at all encrypted

  • Keith

I agree but there’s no way to really recover the original ruby script.
best you’ll retrieve what you listed and the string constants.

It’s the easiest form of obfuscation I know for jruby.

If you have another suggestion, I will test it

I almost forgot… Have a look at jd-gui if you’re using Windows. You’ll
get a much better java decompilation than what you suggested.
On May 9, 2015 9:49 PM, “Christian MICHON” [email protected]

Hi Christian,

Is Jrubyc can compile yaml file?

No jrubyc will only compile ruby files, ie .rb files.

If you wish to preserve the yaml content, I would suggest to simply
it with ruby-rc4 (why not?) and obfuscate the string used as key through
dictionary. That would do.

So in total:

  • compile all rb files into class files using jrubyc
  • encrypt yaml and xml with ruby-rc4, and obfuscate the key within a

If you need more dedicated help, just point me to a git repository. :wink:

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 7:58 AM, Kengsreng T. [email protected]

Why don’t you just put your settings in a .rb file?

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM, Christian MICHON <

I’m not the creator of this thread, but I believe settings should be
of a configuration file instead of being in the code itself.

Database.yaml in rails is a typical example of such approach.

I followed the thread and realized the you want to “encrypt” some
or something when you asked about yaml file.

if you use something like configurator gem to replace yaml with ruby
then the jrubyc will still keep yaml values as literals inside the class
files. even you decide to use some encryption for the yaml file you will
face the same problem that the encryption key which is just a literal or
byte array inside a class file. all you gain is that nobody tumbles over
the “password” accidentally but anyone who wants to unwrap if can do so
it might take only a few minutes to do so.

if your intention is to obfuscate your ruby codebase then jrubyc could
OK but even this can be reversed. but is probably not feasible for
codebase as it is manual procedure.

I personally find it important to think on how to undo the protection
put in place - just to get a feeling how good your protection is.

  • christian