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Erroneous class compare

ID: cs/class-name-comparison
Kind: problem
Security severity: 
Severity: warning
Precision: medium
   - reliability
   - correctness
   - external/cwe/cwe-486
Query suites:
   - csharp-security-and-quality.qls

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Checking the type of an object on its type’s name is not robust to future changes, and may allow an attacker to inject a malicious class.


Implement a check of the object’s type that is not solely based on its class name.


In this example the type of the account is checked purely based on class name and is not reliable.

It would be more appropriate to check the type of account like so:

class ErroneousClassCompareFix
    public static void ApproveTransaction(object account, Transaction transaction)
        if (account.GetType() == typeof(Trusted.Bank.Account))
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