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Microsoft® Visual J#™ .NET (Core Reference) by John/Longshaw, Andy Sharp

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.NET Security

.NET security applies at a number of levels. The first level is the user’s ability to run a piece of code that might perform a privileged operation or access sensitive data. A .NET component or ASP.NET Web application can be configured to use role-based security, which can check the identity of the user who is running a method or instantiating a class, and then grant or deny access based on that identity.

The second aspect of security concerns the code itself. The dynamic nature of the common language runtime and assemblies allows an application to download code from a remote site, load it, and run it. Using strong names and certificates to sign an assembly provides confidence in the authenticity of the code and ensures that it is ...

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