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Encrypted and secure docker containers

We all know situations when you cannot go open source and freely distribute software – and I am in one of these situations.

I have an app that consists of a number of binaries (compiled from C sources) and Python code that wraps it all into a system. This app used to work as a cloud solution so users had access to app functions via network but no chance to touch the actual server where binaries and code are stored.

Now we want to deliver the “local” version of our system. The app will be running on PCs that our users will physically own. We know that everything could be broken, but at least want to protect the app from possible copying and reverse-engineering as much as possible.

I know that Docker is a wonderful deployment tool so I wonder: is it possible to create encrypted Docker containers where no one can see any data stored in the container’s filesystem? Is there a known solution to this problem?

Also, maybe there are well known solutions not based on Docker?

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Answer

What you are asking about is called obfuscation. It has nothing to do with Docker and is a very language-specific problem; for data you can always do whatever mangling you want, but while you can hope to discourage the attacker it will never be secure. Even state-of-the-art encryption schemes can’t help since the program (which you provide) has to contain the key.

C is usually hard enough to reverse engineer, for Python you can try pyobfuscate and similar.

For data, I found this question (keywords: encrypting files game).

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