Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What is concept of strong names

Strong name is similar to GUID(It is supposed to be unique in space and time) in COM
components.Strong Name is only needed when we need to deploy assembly in GAC.Strong
Names helps GAC to differentiate between two versions.Strong names use public key cryptography
(PKC) to ensure that no one can spoof it.PKC use public key and private key concept.
Following are the step to generate a strong name and sign a assembly :-

1. Go to “Visual Studio Command Prompt”.

2. After you are in command prompt type sn.exe -k “c:\test.snk”.

3. After generation of the file you can view the SNK file in a simple notepad.

4. After the SNK file is generated its time to sign the project with this SNK file.

5. Click on project -- properties and the browse the SNK file to the respective
folder and compile the project.

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