Protection PLUS Release with updated support and security

By Dan H.  |  SoftwareKey System Releases

Posted:  October 18

Protection PLUS Release

Protection PLUS 5 .NET Edition now targets .NET 4!  Prior to this release, the PLUSManaged assemblies targeted .NET 2.0. We have updated the PLUSManaged assemblies to target .NET 4.0 in order to use newer features of .NET. If your application targets a .NET version prior to 4.0, you may reach out to our support, and we can provide a version that targets .NET 2.0.

Network Floating Licensing with Semaphore Files has long been a feature of our .NET Edition for the .NET Framework.  Until now, it has been omitted from our PLUSManaged .NET Standard assembly as it is not a cross-platform feature.  With this release, it is now a feature of PLUSManaged for .NET Standard!  Please note that this feature is only available when using the PLUSManaged .NET Standard assembly on a machine running a Windows Operating System.

Upgrade to OpenSSL 3.0 for the Protection PLUS 5 Native Edition!  OpenSSL 3.0 is the latest Long-Term Support (LTS) release of the OpenSSL library, which is used to secure network communications and implement the SSL/TLS protocols. Our transition to OpenSSL 3.0 is transparent to end users as it does not alter the core functionality of our libraries.

Prior versions of our libraries used OpenSSL 1.1.1, which reached its End of Life on September 11th, 2023. This upgrade to OpenSSL 3.0 ensures that our libraries ship with an up-to-date and actively maintained OpenSSL version.

LabVIEW customers have an updated sample application for LabVIEW 2020 or newer versions. This sample adheres to more common LabVIEW coding conventions.  It also includes a simple and customizable vi implementing the common license checks.

Have you implemented or need to implement Downloadable License files with Trigger Code Activation?  We have a new SOLO Server Product Option Type, Downloadable License files with Encrypted Trigger Code Activation, and a new class in the PLUSManaged assembly that replaces the older activation codes with a new single alphanumeric activation key. This will add additional security when exchanging the offline activation codes.

For more information and a complete list of changes, view the release notes here.

About the Author

Dan is a software engineer at SoftwareKey with extensive experience in licensing technology and additional experience in video and audio development.

Dan H.


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