Metaforic To Offer Free Versions of Secured Apache, MySQL

Utilizing a lightweight version of MetaFortress, Metaforic will provide anti-tamper protection and continuous integrity checking for critical parts of the open source LAMP stack

December 9, 2008

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 9, 2008 - Metaforic, a leading provider of anti-tamper solutions, announced that upon request it will provide free versions of secured Apache and MySQL to enterprises. Utilizing a lightweight version of MetaFortress, Metaforic will provide anti-tamper protection and continuous integrity checking for critical parts of the LAMP stack to help defend against multi-vector attacks designed to discover and exploit the weakest point of an organization's server infrastructure.

As open source continues to gain traction as a viable alternative for mission critical applications, it is expected that more and more enterprises will deploy some elements of open source technologies within their Web server infrastructure. A hacker may start with an SQL injection attack and if that doesn't work, move on to attacking the Web server or other infrastructure until an unprotected point of entry is found. As more enterprises deploy open source technology, cyber criminals will target the security vulnerabilities within this infrastructure.

In addition to providing integrity checking and anti-tamper safeguards, MetaFortress is not vulnerable to zero-day exploits.

"Today's sophisticated attackers are searching for the weakest point of entry into an enterprise system, be it the operating system, the Web server, the database system or the application layer," said Andrew McLennan, CEO of Metaforic. "The network computing environment demands that an enterprise not only secure its mission critical applications, but its entire infrastructure must be protected against illegal usage and hacking."

MetaFortress Open is specifically targeted at network infrastructure applications. Like the flagship MetaFortress, Open is an anti-tamper solution that inserts security and integrity checks into an application's source code to prevent against all kinds of hacking and unauthorized usage.

"We are starting with the LAMP stack, because there is a critical need for anti-tamper protection there, and it provides organizations with an opportunity to see MetaFortress in action in their environments," continued McLennan. "By delivering MetaFortress Open protected versions of Apache and MySQL we are showcasing the versatility of our unique anti-tamper and integrity checking technology."

For more information, please email [email protected]. About MetaFortress Metaforic's flagship product, MetaFortress, is a software anti-tamper solution that protects applications from piracy and illegal use by utilizing a network of thousands of cross-referenced checks, which can take years of painstaking work to remove. MetaFortress is the result of a five-year research project funded by the Scottish government to combat the staggering problem of software piracy and malware that contributes to an estimated $100 billion in lost revenue and direct costs worldwide. The approach extends the time it takes for hackers to penetrate an application from minutes to months or even years. Metaforic aims to create the highest level of application protection and make it usable for all software and environments. About Metaforic Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, with offices in San Jose, Calif., Metaforic develops anti-tamper products to protect all types of software application, including DRM Systems, Endpoint Security Systems, Open Source Software, Client Applications and License Management Systems. Metaforic was recently named by Network World as one of 2008's top ten IT security companies to watch. MetaFortress armors applications from the inside out, preventing and protecting against all forms of tampering, piracy and the most sophisticated hacking attacks. Metaforic's revolutionary software is easy to use and offers extreme protection with near zero performance impact. Further information is available at Metaforic's website

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