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[.net] Native Code And Assembly Info

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I hope that I don’t butcher this too much, and if I am wrong in my understanding, please feel free to let me know the errors of my way. If using the 7.1 compiler provided by Visual Studios .NET 2003, are assemblies created by default if you create a native compiled executable that does not use the managed extensions? I was looking over the compiler options and noticed on the linking page, under the “Advanced” settings, the options to “Turn Off Assembly Generation”. By default this is set to “No”, but it begs the question, does native code produced assembly information? While running a debug build of the code, I notice that the runtime initialization and startup sequences contain information that determines if the application is native or managed. In my case, it is always set to zero, obviously indicating that it is not managed. Does anyone know if assembly information is produced for native applications and dynamic-link libraries? Are they injected into the binary or a separate module? If assembly information is produced at compilation time, what is the purpose for this? Can this information be used to decompile the application, like Java byte code? Thanx, Deception

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