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what is CodeMeter and why is it running on my CentOS box?

I just stumbled over /var/log/CodeMeter, which contains a number of large
log files.

I know I'm getting old and forgetful, but I can't remember intentionally
installing that package.

Yum just says "installed" instead of listing a repo.

Looking at codemeter.com, it seems to work with something called a
"cm stick". I don't have one, don't want one, and never heard of them.

Is there any reason I should be leery of just "yum remove"ing the
package?

thanks!

Fred

Comments

Re: what is CodeMeter and why is it running on my CentO

By fred smith at 08/13/2017 - 12:35

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 09:25:11PM -0400, Fred Smith wrote:
Bingo!

A couple years ago I purchased a commercial CD/DVD player for this system
(because I didn't seem to be able to get VLC to play some dvds). Turns out
CodeMeter came as part of the OnePlay player (as yum told me when I tried
to remove CodeMeter, it also wanted to remove OnePlay which reminded me.)

wonder if bad things would happen if I just blocked the network
port it uses (which seems to be 22350).

Re: what is CodeMeter and why is it running on my CentO

By John R Pierce at 08/12/2017 - 20:49

On 8/12/2017 6:25 PM, Fred Smith wrote:

sounds like its dongle based copy protection for some application
program. you running any small market big dollar applicaitons, like
CAD? they are the most frequent user of such services.

Re: what is CodeMeter and why is it running on my CentO

By fred smith at 08/12/2017 - 21:00

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 06:49:01PM -0700, John R Pierce wrote:
Nope. not me. home desktop/mailserver/play/light-coding box.

could it be part of some exploit?

Re: what is CodeMeter and why is it running on my CentO

By Peter Brady at 08/12/2017 - 23:07

On 13/8/17 12:00 pm, Fred Smith wrote:
Hi Fred,

You and John have it right. I used to administer a license server and
that was exactly what it was. We had a USB stick to plug into the
server and the CodeMeter daemon serve the licenses. There were a couple
of ports, default was 22350 IIRC, open that the clients talked to over
an embedded web server.

The logs did fill up but for a license administrator they were useful:
which clients checked out what, when and if the license was returned.
Is there anything useful in the logs you have?

When I installed it, the package was standalone with no dependencies
that weren't on my C7 box anyway. I doubt that you'll find it in any
repos. I used to have to download directly from codemeter.com and do a
"yum localinstall". Assuming you have no licenses it should be safe to
remove.

Otherwise, no idea why its on your server.

Cheers,
-pete