MSI – Generate SHA2 certificate with OpenSSL and sign a MSI installer project, use ‘Application Control Policies’-‘AppLocker’ to block unsigned code

Some time ago I had to troubleshoot an issue with signed native C++ XLL add-ins for Excel, which didn’t get loaded with certain combinations of Excel and Windows. Symptom – A client has developed an unmanaged XLL add-in for Excel, which has been signed with a code signing certificate that uses SHA2 as hashing algorithm.- Everything…

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How COM works & How to build a COM visible DLL in C#.Net, call it from VBA and select the proper ClassInterface (AutoDispatch, AutoDual) [part1/2]

  This article is split across two blog posts and this is part #1.. use this link (please be patient :), I am still working on part 2) to go to part #2. When a beginner programmer needs to create a COM visible DLL which will be called from VBA, PowerShell, VBScript or .NET applications, he can find lots of tutorials on how to…

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OpenXML & VSTO & VBA – Finding a reliable mechanism for reading the correct value of CharactersWithSpaces ‘extended-properties’ in Word documents [part 2/2].

  This article is split across two blog posts and this is part #2 .. use this link to go to part #1. In part #1 of this article, I demonstrated how words are counted using OpenXML and I warned about the dangers of not getting it done correctly. Here is a short summary of the alternatives we have:    Can we obtain 100% reliable statistics? Method #1:       When Word…