[wp-hackers] Premium plugin protection

Andy Charrington-Wilden andycharrington at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 01:19:13 UTC 2010

Just to go back to the original topic... ;-)
Presumably it is ok to have a plugin restrict the use of the plugin editor through the dashboard. To stop clients breaking it that is! 

And what if the client did not have access to the FTP of the site?


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On 14 Dec 2010, at 23:49, "Thomas Scholz" <info at toscho.de> wrote:

> John Blackbourn:
>> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM, Thomas Scholz <info at toscho.de> wrote:
>>> Well spoken. Unfortunately, /wp-admin/js/revisions-js.php and the linked
>>> code in <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/15262> is still far away from
>>> "readable". :(
>> Correct but that's for a different reason. It's not obfuscated in
>> order to prevent the end user from modifying it or to prevent the user
>> from otherwise excercising their rights under the GPL, it was
>> obfuscated in order to make the easter egg a little harder for people
>> to notice when it was added to WordPress. This was done so it didn't
>> ruin the surprise.
> Reasons and intentions are not part of the code. Otherwise, I could claim the same reason to obfuscate my plugins.
> /*
> Plugin Name: Nonsense Premium
> Description: Does some stuff. Mostly easter eggs
> Version:     1.2
> License:     GPL v2
> */
> It’s hard to tell the difference for the end user, isn’t it? ;)
>> The fact it doesn't comply with the GPL was just an oversight.
> There were enough long discussions about the file; and I don’t want to open this can again. The problem I wanted to show is: There is a gray area. Some people write so badly formatted code that it is *nearly* obfuscated (nested ternaries anyone?). Others refer to "easter eggs". There may be more reasons.
>> It's
>> wholly different to obfuscating code in order to prevent end users
>> from modifying the code.
> The effect is the same. And that’s all that matters.
> Thomas
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