Readers Respond: What Is Reverse Engineering?
Readers respond to the eWEEK editorial, "What Is Reverse Engineering?"In regard to Jim Rapozas Sept. 5 Tech Directions column on reverse engineering ("What Is Reverse Engineering?"), its almost impossible to have your cake and eat it, too. You cant [differentiate] the people who want to open your code to steal it from the people who simply want to create a security patch, so a software developer (as I am) has to assume the worst and protect it all.
I can tell you from my own experience that far more people want to reverse-engineer to somehow steal your ideas and intellectual property than to simply patch up a little security hole.