Code Access Security (CAS), in the Microsoft .NET framework, is Microsoft's solution to prevent untrusted code from performing privileged actions.
It performs following function
1. Defines permissions and permission sets that represent the right to access various system resources.
2. Enables administrators to configure security policy by associating sets of permissions with groups of code (code groups).
3. Enables code to request the permissions it requires in order to run, as well as the permissions that would be useful to have, and specifies which permissions the code must never have.
4. Grants permissions to each assembly that is loaded, based on the permissions requested by the code and on the operations permitted by security policy.
5. Enables code to demand that its callers have specific permissions.
6. Enables code to demand that its callers possess a digital signature, thus allowing only callers from a particular organization or site to call the protected code.
7. Enforces restrictions on code at run time by comparing the granted permissions of every caller on the call stack to the permissions that callers must have.
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