Reflector Goes Commercial

Posted by on February 28, 2011

Today appears to be the last day to download Red-Gate’s .Net Reflector tool for free. The Reflector tool disassembles .Net assemblies back to .Net code (sort of). This is very useful to be able to grab an assembly, and not only look at the methods it contains, but also to view exactly what that method does. For those of you that have read some of my previous posts about ValidateRequest, or XSS, much of the information is found by using reflector to see how the methods are working.

Red-Gate has realized that maintaing the tool is not possible when it is free. This move has definitely stirred up the message boards, upsetting a lot of users. Starting at $35, it is worth the price. Reflector comes in very handy when doing security assessments on applications where you have access to the assembly, but no source code.

Lets hope that Red-Gate’s decision to commercialize all versions of this tool doesn’t have too much of a negative effect.


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