I’m happy to announce that I’m taking part in the The Third Annual C# Advent this year along side many great articles and podcasts. If you have even a passing interest in C# then you should go check it out and follow all of the authors on social media!
Okay, enough with the niceties! See, when it comes to holidays I am more of a Grinch than a Griswold so I’m going to show you how to do something in C# that is cool, powerful, and … dangerous! I’m going to show you how, from a website, to invoke processes in a command shell and stream the results back to the browser via SignalR.
And before we get any further I should note, this blog post will not be a good introduction to SignalR, that documentation already exists. This article is intended for developers who have web development experience with C#, and are at least somewhat familiar with the concepts of SignalR, and web sockets.
But first, a disclaimer:
Warning! We are literally about to create a remote code execution injection vulnerability, as it allows any user or process with access to the website to run arbitrary commands. However, there are times when you may want to do something similar, very carefully and in a limited fashion. Check out Azure Cloud Shell and Coder.com for examples of web apps that let you interact with shells in a browser.
Now, with the disclaimer out of the way – let’s get our hands dirty![Read more…]