# SecAnnotate.exe (.NET Security Annotator Tool)

The .NET Security Annotator tool (SecAnnotate.exe) is a command-line application that identifies the SecurityCritical and SecuritySafeCritical portions of one or more assemblies.

A Visual Studio extension, Security Annotator, provides a graphical user interface to SecAnnotate.exe and enables you to run the tool from Visual Studio.

This tool is automatically installed with Visual Studio. To run the tool, use the Developer Command Prompt for Visual Studio (or the Visual Studio Command Prompt in Windows 7). For more information, see Command Prompts.

At the command prompt, type the following, where parameters are described in the following section, and assemblies consist of one or more assembly names separated by blanks:

## Syntax

SecAnnotate.exe [parameters] [assemblies]


## Parameters

Option Description
/a

or

/showstatistics
Shows statistics about the use of transparency in assemblies that are being analyzed.
/d: directory

or

/referencedir: directory
Specifies a directory to search for dependent assemblies during annotation.
/i

or

/includesignatures
Includes extended signature information in the annotation report file.
/n

or

/nogac
Suppresses searching for referenced assemblies in the global assembly cache.
/o: output.xml

or

/out: output.xml
Specifies the output annotation file.
/p: maxpasses

or

/maximumpasses: maxpasses
Specifies the maximum number of annotation passes to make on assemblies before stopping the generation of new annotations.
/q

or

/quiet
Specifies quiet mode, in which the annotator does not output status messages; it outputs only error information.
/r: assembly

or

/referenceassembly: assembly
Includes the specified assembly when resolving dependent assemblies during annotation. Reference assemblies are given priority over assemblies that are found in the reference path.
/s: rulename

or

/suppressrule: rulename
Suppresses running the specified transparency rule on the input assemblies.
/t

or

/forcetransparent
Forces the Annotator tool to treat all assemblies that do not have any transparency annotations as if they were entirely transparent.
/t:assembly

or

/forcetransparent:assembly
Force the given assembly to be transparent, regardless of its current assembly-level annotations.
/v

or

/verify
Verifies only that an assembly's annotations are correct; does not attempt to make multiple passes to find all required annotations if the assembly does not verify.
/x

or

/verbose
Specifies verbose output while annotating.
/y: directory

or

/symbolpath: directory
Includes the specified directory when searching for symbol files during annotation.

## Remarks

Parameters and assemblies may also be provided in a response file that is specified on the command line and prefixed with an at sign (@). Each line in the response file should contain a single parameter or assembly name.

For more information about the .NET Security Annotator, see the entry Using SecAnnotate to Analyze Your Assemblies for Transparency Violations in the .NET Security blog.