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[.net] .NET Decompile Protection

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I am aware of this, but what I'm saying is you can physically DECOMPILE C# back to any high level language. At least if it is compiled to machine code it has *some protection*.. Meaning, you cannot decompile machine code, the code that THE PROCESSOR CAN UNDERSTAND, back to a human-readable high level language.

Are you sure this c decompiler doesn't exist?

I would argue that in general decompiler produced source are not usable. Great, they compile to the same program, but you already have the program if you can run a decompiler on it.
What can you do with decompiled sources? Rip something? If you use a obfuscator on .NET-languages there is no big difference to programs written in C. With considerable effort you can rip both.

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I am aware of this, but what I'm saying is you can physically DECOMPILE C# back to any high level language. At least if it is compiled to machine code it has *some protection*.. Meaning, you cannot decompile machine code, the code that THE PROCESSOR CAN UNDERSTAND, back to a human-readable high level language.

Are you sure this c decompiler doesn't exist?

I would argue that in general decompiler produced source are not usable. Great, they compile to the same program, but you already have the program if you can run a decompiler on it.
What can you do with decompiled sources? Rip something? If you use a obfuscator on .NET-languages there is no big difference to programs written in C. With considerable effort you can rip both.


Thanks for the link.

I found this: http://www.backerstreet.com/rec/rec.htm

It is a bit nicer, and I used it to decompile my game engine (C++) and it showed the source code but it was like it was obstrucated, and was no where near as perfect as a .NET Decompiler.

Arild Fines, I released source code to my VB6 (yes VB6!) game engine and it took 1 week for someone to rip it, and use it as their own. I e-mailed the person, and they admitted to it. I really did not care, as VB6 is not my language of choice and I have long since dropped it.

Once again thanks for those links. I apperciate it.

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