Chapter 3. Application Domains

Application domains play a critical role in the implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework's security model. Although you will rarely need to work directly with application domains when writing simple applications, they become an essential program element once you start writing more complex systemsin particular, systems that utilize and manipulate the code-access security (CAS) mechanism of the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR).

Only highly trusted code can manipulate application domainswe discuss the specific permissions required to carry out various operations in Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7. For now, it is enough to know that applications running from the hard drive of your machine can utilize all of the techniques we describe here as long as you have not modified .NET's default security policy.

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