Strong Name Assemblies (Assembly Signing)
This topic discusses how you can sign your assembly, often referred to as giving your assembly a strong name.
When using Visual C++, use linker options to sign your assembly to avoid issues related to the CLR attributes for assembly signing:
Reasons for not using the attributes include the fact that the key name is visible in assembly metadata, which can be a security risk if the file name includes confidential information. Also, the build process used by the Visual C++ development environment will invalidate the key with which the assembly is signed if you use CLR attributes to give an assembly a strong name, and then run a post-processing tool like mt.exe on the assembly.
If you build at the command line, use linker options to sign your assembly, and then run a post-processing tool (like mt.exe), you will need to re-sign the assembly with sn.exe. Alternatively, you can build and delay sign the assembly and after running post-processing tools, complete the signing.
If you use the signing attributes when building in the development environment, you can successfully sign the assembly by explicitly calling sn.exe () in a post-build event. For more information, see . Build times may be less if you use attributes and a post-build event, compared to using a linker options.
The following linker options support assembly signing:
For more information on strong assemblies, see.