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Environment:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • IIS Web server
  • MSSQL DB

Let's say an application gets compromised with an RCE, what's the best scenario of protecting the database connection string file or any other sensitive configuration files.

  • DPAPI is not an answer here, because you would be running under the same context as the application.
  • HSM is a hard-core solution and also would somehow need to be accessed by the user running the application, meaning it can be compromised

What other options are there?

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