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About InternalsVisibleToAttribute

.NET Framework defines System.Runtime.CompilerServices.InternalsVisibleToAttribute class which allows to specify that types that are ordinarily visible only within the input assembly are visible to another assembly.

Although this can be useful in some scenarios, it's strongly not recommended to use that feature of .NET Framework in Release builds because it makes the obfuscation theoretically and practically useless.

Eazfuscator.NET gives a warning message when InternalsVisibleToAttribute attribute is defined in input assembly and shuts down all obfuscation features except string encryption to save assembly functionality.

So, how to resolve this? This is not hard, really. The possible solutions are described at the sections below.

Solution #1. Do not use InternalsVisibleToAttribute at all

The recommended way is not to use InternalsVisibleToAttribute at all in Release builds. At the same time it may be profitable to use the attribute in Debug builds: for example, unit test projects rely on InternalsVisibleToAttribute to test the internal parts of the assemblies. This can be achieved by using the following code pattern, effectively applying the attribute in Debug configuration only:

#if DEBUG 
[assembly: InternalsVisibleTo(<attribute parameters according to your existing code>)] 
#endif 

Solution #2. Swap with EditorBrowsable attribute

A less known but decent alternative is to use System.ComponentModel.EditorBrowsableAttribute to mark the classes and members that you want to hide from end-users. Detailed information and sample code are available in corresponding MSDN article .

Solution #3. Hide the warning

It may be profitable to just hide the warning without affecting the behavior of Eazfuscator.NET.

Instructions on hiding the warning about InternalsVisibleToAttribute

  1. Open obfuscatable project inside the IDE
  2. Add new source file to the project and call it ObfuscationSettings.cs (for C#) or ObfuscationSettings.vb (for Visual Basic .NET). You may prefer to use another name instead of ObfuscationSettings.cs or ObfuscationSettings.vb
  3. Fill ObfuscationSettings.cs with the following content (C#):

    using System;
    using System.Reflection;
    
    [assembly: Obfuscation(Feature = "disable warning EF-4001")]

    For Visual Basic .NET, fill ObfuscationSettings.vb with the following content:

    Imports System
    Imports System.Reflection
    
    <Assembly: Obfuscation(Feature:="disable warning EF-4001")> 
    

Solution #4. Ignore the attribute

If you think that previous solutions are not feasible then you can make Eazfuscator.NET to completely ignore InternalsVisibleToAttribute by following the instructions below.

Instructions on making Eazfuscator.NET to ignore InternalsVisibleToAttribute

  1. Open obfuscatable project inside the IDE
  2. Add new source file to the project and call it ObfuscationSettings.cs (for C#) or ObfuscationSettings.vb (for Visual Basic .NET). You may prefer to use another name instead of ObfuscationSettings.cs or ObfuscationSettings.vb
  3. Fill ObfuscationSettings.cs with the following content (C#):

    using System;
    using System.Reflection;
    
    [assembly: Obfuscation(Feature = "ignore InternalsVisibleToAttribute", Exclude = false)]

    For Visual Basic .NET, fill ObfuscationSettings.vb with the following content:

    Imports System
    Imports System.Reflection
    
    <Assembly: Obfuscation(Feature:="ignore InternalsVisibleToAttribute", Exclude:=False)> 
    

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