.NET Code Security

In the old daysback in the twentieth centurythe primary way that we got software onto our machines went something like this: Go to software store, buy a shrink-wrapped box containing disks, insert said disks into machine, install software. If that is the only way you put software on your machine, it is pretty hard to get a computer virus. Not impossible, but pretty hard.

That world is long gone; code in the twenty-first century is both highly mobile and highly componentized. Generally, "monolithic" applications such as Word and Excel now make extensive use of third-party components and store customized code behind documents. Many machines are constantly connected to the Internet, a worldwide network chock-full of evil hackers.

Ubiquitous networking and rich customization of everything from Web pages to spreadsheets are undoubtedly enabling technologies, but they come with the price of an enormous increase in the size of the "attack surface" available to malicious attackers. Anyone who has ever received a mass-mail virus e-mail or been infected by an Excel macro virus knows of what we speak!

Fortunately, the .NET Framework was designed from day one to provide tools to help mitigate the vulnerabilities inherent in modern software. This chapter starts with an overview of the .NET security system to explain some key concepts. Then the chapter takes a detailed look at how to use the .NET security system to keep yourself and your users productive while keeping attackers unproductive.

This discussion is especially relevant to VSTO because VSTO has the security model that no code is allowed to run by default. You will always have to configure the .NET security system to trust a VSTO customization or add-in you build before it will run on a user's machine.

Part One. An Introduction to VSTO

An Introduction to Office Programming

Introduction to Office Solutions

Part Two. Office Programming in .NET

Programming Excel

Working with Excel Events

Working with Excel Objects

Programming Word

Working with Word Events

Working with Word Objects

Programming Outlook

Working with Outlook Events

Working with Outlook Objects

Introduction to InfoPath

Part Three. Office Programming in VSTO

The VSTO Programming Model

Using Windows Forms in VSTO

Working with Actions Pane

Working with Smart Tags in VSTO

VSTO Data Programming

Server Data Scenarios

.NET Code Security


Part Four. Advanced Office Programming

Working with XML in Excel

Working with XML in Word

Developing COM Add-Ins for Word and Excel

Creating Outlook Add-Ins with VSTO

Visual Studio Tools for Office(c) Using C# with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath
Visual Studio Tools for Office(c) Using C# with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath
ISBN: 321334884
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Pages: 214

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