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SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute Class

Allows managed code to call into unmanaged code without a stack walk. This class cannot be inherited.


Namespace:  System.Security
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Method|AttributeTargets.Interface|AttributeTargets.Delegate, AllowMultiple = true, 
	Inherited = false)]
public sealed class SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute : Attribute

The SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute type exposes the following members.

Public methodSuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttributeInitializes a new instance of the SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute class.

Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)

Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)

Caution noteCaution

Use this attribute with extreme care. Incorrect use can create security weaknesses.

This attribute can be applied to methods that want to call into native code without incurring the performance loss of a run-time security check when doing so. The stack walk performed when calling unmanaged code is omitted at run time, resulting in substantial performance savings. Using this attribute in a class applies it to all contained methods.

Generally, whenever managed code calls into unmanaged code (by PInvoke or COM interop into native code), there is a demand for the UnmanagedCode permission to ensure all callers have the necessary permission to allow this. By applying this explicit attribute, developers can suppress the demand at run time. The developer must take responsibility for assuring that the transition into unmanaged code is sufficiently protected by other means. The demand for the UnmanagedCode permission will still occur at link time. For example, if function A calls function B and function B is marked with SuppressUnmanagedCodeSecurityAttribute, function A will be checked for unmanaged code permission during just-in-time compilation, but not subsequently during run time.

This attribute is only effective when applied to PInvoke methods (or classes that contain PInvoke methods) or the definition of an interface through which interop calls will be made. It will be ignored in all other contexts.

This attribute is useful for implementing a class that provides access to system resources through unmanaged code. Code that does not have permission to access unmanaged code can call a class with this attribute to access unmanaged code. This is only safe if the writer of the class with this attribute has programmed the class to be secure. If not, this attribute is dangerous and can allow the code that uses it to be misused.

This is not a declarative security attribute, but a regular attribute (it derives from Attribute, not SecurityAttribute).

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.