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rdhatch



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:30 pm    Post subject: Conflict of Interest : Reflector and SmartAssembly Reply with quote

In separate acquisitions - RedGate now owns both Reflector and Smart Assembly obfuscator.

One Question: How is developing both Reflector and Smart Assembly not a conflict of interest?

Thank you -

Ryan D. Hatch
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JDelekto



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:25 am    Post subject: Re: Conflict of Interest : Reflector and SmartAssembly Reply with quote

rdhatch wrote:
In separate acquisitions - RedGate now owns both Reflector and Smart Assembly obfuscator.

One Question: How is developing both Reflector and Smart Assembly not a conflict of interest?

Thank you -

Ryan D. Hatch


Greets,

Having both a tool which 'decompiles' as well as a tool which obfuscates is not really a conflict of interest.

If they added the ability to 'de-obfuscate' code into Reflector which had knowledge of their obfuscation would be more of a feature than it would be a threat; I say so because it would not require people using other obfuscators to have to drag and drop obfuscated stack traces into tools to see exactly where a problem exists. (If they even get that input.)

Obfuscation is just that, it makes an assembly difficult to understand. Owning a tool which can decompile is usually thwarted by some obfuscation attempts --to the point it may cause them to crash.

If you ask me, it sounds like a good marriage of products --a way to obfuscate code and a way to debug through the obfuscation. Of course, one would have to have: a) the PDB files; and b) a version of Reflector that could de-obfuscate.

Cheers.
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