Ghost in the Machine
IF YOU’RE TRYING to understand just how good an obfuscator or decompiler really is, then it helps to be able to see what’s going on inside a classfile. Otherwise you’re relying on the word of a third-party vendor or, at best, a knowledgeable reviewer. For most people, that’s not good enough when you’re trying to protect mission critical code. At the very least, you should be able to talk intelligently about the area and ask the obvious questions to understand just what’s happening.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
—Wizard of Oz
At this moment, all sorts of noises are coming out of Microsoft in Redmond saying that there really isn’t anything to worry about when it comes to decompiling .NET code. ...