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ProtectedConfigurationProvider Class

Is the base class to create providers for encrypting and decrypting protected-configuration data.

Namespace:  System.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Configuration (in System.Configuration.dll)

'Declaration
Public MustInherit Class ProtectedConfigurationProvider _
	Inherits ProviderBase

The ProtectedConfigurationProvider type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Protected methodProtectedConfigurationProviderInitializes a new instance of the ProtectedConfigurationProvider class using default settings.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyDescriptionGets a brief, friendly description suitable for display in administrative tools or other user interfaces (UIs). (Inherited from ProviderBase.)
Public propertyNameGets the friendly name used to refer to the provider during configuration. (Inherited from ProviderBase.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodDecryptDecrypts the passed XmlNode object from a configuration file.
Public methodEncryptEncrypts the passed XmlNode object from a configuration file.
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodInitializeInitializes the provider. (Inherited from ProviderBase.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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You can encrypt sections of a configuration file to protect sensitive information used by your application. This improves security by making it difficult for unauthorized access even if an attacker gains access to your configuration file.

The .NET Framework includes two protected configuration providers that can be used to encrypt sections of a configuration file. The RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider class uses the RSACryptoServiceProvider to encrypt configuration sections. The DpapiProtectedConfigurationProvider class uses the Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) to encrypt configuration sections.

You might have a requirement to encrypt sensitive information using an algorithm other than the RSA or DPAPI providers. In this case, you can build your own custom protected-configuration provider. The ProtectedConfigurationProvider is an abstract base class that you must inherit from to create your own protected-configuration provider.

Whether you use a standard or a custom provider, you must ensure that it is configured with the add element in the providers section of the configProtectedData configuration section. (See next example.)

For details, see Implementing a Protected Configuration Provider.

NoteNote

When ASP.NET encounters encrypted configuration data, it performs decryption transparently using the configured provider. No action is required on your side other than making sure that you configure the required provider.

TopicLocation
Implementing a Protected Configuration ProviderBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
Implementing a Protected Configuration ProviderBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications

The following example shows how to implement a custom ProtectedConfigurationProvider.

To be able to configure this provider, as shown in the next configuration excerpt, you must install it in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC). Refer to Implementing a Protected Configuration Provider for more information.


Imports System
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Configuration.Provider
Imports System.Collections.Specialized
Imports System.Configuration


' Shows how to create a custom protected configuration
' provider.
Namespace Samples.AspNet

    Public Class TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider
        Inherits ProtectedConfigurationProvider

        Private des _
        As New TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider()

        Private pKeyFilePath As String
        Private pName As String

        ' Gets the path of the file
        ' containing the key used to
        ' encrypt/decrypt.

        Public ReadOnly Property KeyFilePath() As String
            Get
                Return pKeyFilePath
            End Get
        End Property

        ' Gets the provider name.

        Public Overrides ReadOnly Property Name() As String
            Get
                Return pName
            End Get
        End Property


        ' Performs provider initialization.
        Public Overrides Sub Initialize( _
        ByVal name As String, _
        ByVal config As NameValueCollection)
            pName = name
            pKeyFilePath = config("keyContainerName")
            ReadKey(KeyFilePath)
        End Sub 'Initialize


        ' Performs encryption.
        Public Overrides Function Encrypt( _
        ByVal node As XmlNode) As XmlNode
            Dim encryptedData As String = _
            EncryptString(node.OuterXml)

            Dim xmlDoc As New XmlDocument()
            xmlDoc.PreserveWhitespace = True
            xmlDoc.LoadXml( _
            ("<EncryptedData>" + encryptedData + _
            "</EncryptedData>"))

            Return xmlDoc.DocumentElement
        End Function 'Encrypt

        ' Performs decryption.
        Public Overrides Function Decrypt( _
        ByVal encryptedNode As XmlNode) As XmlNode
            Dim decryptedData As String = _
            DecryptString(encryptedNode.InnerText)

            Dim xmlDoc As New XmlDocument()
            xmlDoc.PreserveWhitespace = True
            xmlDoc.LoadXml(decryptedData)

            Return xmlDoc.DocumentElement
        End Function 'Decrypt



        ' Encrypts a configuration section and returns 
        ' the encrypted XML as a string.
        Private Function EncryptString( _
        ByVal encryptValue As String) As String
            Dim valBytes As Byte() = _
            Encoding.Unicode.GetBytes(encryptValue)

            Dim transform As ICryptoTransform = _
            des.CreateEncryptor()

            Dim ms As New MemoryStream()
            Dim cs As New CryptoStream(ms, _
            transform, CryptoStreamMode.Write)
            cs.Write(valBytes, 0, valBytes.Length)
            cs.FlushFinalBlock()
            Dim returnBytes As Byte() = ms.ToArray()
            cs.Close()

            Return Convert.ToBase64String(returnBytes)
        End Function 'EncryptString



        ' Decrypts an encrypted configuration section and 
        ' returns the unencrypted XML as a string.
        Private Function DecryptString( _
        ByVal encryptedValue As String) As String
            Dim valBytes As Byte() = _
            Convert.FromBase64String(encryptedValue)

            Dim transform As ICryptoTransform = _
            des.CreateDecryptor()

            Dim ms As New MemoryStream()
            Dim cs As New CryptoStream(ms, _
            transform, CryptoStreamMode.Write)
            cs.Write(valBytes, 0, valBytes.Length)
            cs.FlushFinalBlock()
            Dim returnBytes As Byte() = ms.ToArray()
            cs.Close()

            Return Encoding.Unicode.GetString(returnBytes)
        End Function 'DecryptString


        ' Generates a new TripleDES key and vector and 
        ' writes them to the supplied file path.
        Public Sub CreateKey(ByVal filePath As String)
            des.GenerateKey()
            des.GenerateIV()

            Dim sw As New StreamWriter(filePath, False)
            sw.WriteLine(ByteToHex(des.Key))
            sw.WriteLine(ByteToHex(des.IV))
            sw.Close()
        End Sub 'CreateKey



        ' Reads in the TripleDES key and vector from 
        ' the supplied file path and sets the Key 
        ' and IV properties of the 
        ' TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider.
        Private Sub ReadKey(ByVal filePath As String)
            Dim sr As New StreamReader(filePath)
            Dim keyValue As String = sr.ReadLine()
            Dim ivValue As String = sr.ReadLine()
            des.Key = HexToByte(keyValue)
            des.IV = HexToByte(ivValue)
        End Sub 'ReadKey



        ' Converts a byte array to a hexadecimal string.
        Private Function ByteToHex( _
        ByVal byteArray() As Byte) As String
            Dim outString As String = ""

            Dim b As [Byte]
            For Each b In byteArray
                outString += b.ToString("X2")
            Next b
            Return outString
        End Function 'ByteToHex


        ' Converts a hexadecimal string to a byte array.
        Private Function HexToByte(ByVal hexString As String) As Byte()
            Dim returnBytes(hexString.Length / 2) As Byte
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To returnBytes.Length - 1
                returnBytes(i) = _
                Convert.ToByte(hexString.Substring(i * 2, 2), 16)
            Next i
            Return returnBytes
        End Function 'HexToByte
    End Class 'TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider 

End Namespace



The following example shows how to use the previous custom ProtectedConfigurationProvider.


Imports System
Imports System.Configuration

Namespace Samples.AspNet
    ' Show how to use a custom protected configuration
    ' provider.

    Public Class TestingProtectedConfigurationProvider


        ' Protect the connectionStrings section.
        Private Shared Sub ProtectConfiguration()

            ' Get the application configuration file.
            Dim config _
            As System.Configuration.Configuration = _
            ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration( _
            ConfigurationUserLevel.None)

            ' Define the provider name.
            Dim provider As String = _
            "TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider"

            ' Get the section to protect.
            Dim connStrings _
            As ConfigurationSection = config.ConnectionStrings

            If Not (connStrings Is Nothing) Then
                If Not connStrings.SectionInformation.IsProtected Then
                    If Not connStrings.ElementInformation.IsLocked Then
                        ' Protect the section.
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectSection( _
                        provider)

                        connStrings.SectionInformation.ForceSave = True
                        config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Full)

                        Console.WriteLine( _
                        "Section {0} is now protected by {1}", _
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.Name, _
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectionProvider.Name)

                    Else
                        Console.WriteLine( _
                        "Can't protect, section {0} is locked", _
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
                    End If
                Else
                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Section {0} is already protected by {1}", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name, _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectionProvider.Name)
                End If

            Else
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Can't get the section {0}", _
                connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
            End If
        End Sub 'ProtectConfiguration


        ' Unprotect the connectionStrings section.
        Private Shared Sub UnProtectConfiguration()

            ' Get the application configuration file.
            Dim config _
            As System.Configuration.Configuration = _
            ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration( _
            ConfigurationUserLevel.None)

            ' Get the section to unprotect.
            Dim connStrings _
            As ConfigurationSection = config.ConnectionStrings

            If Not (connStrings Is Nothing) Then
                If connStrings.SectionInformation.IsProtected Then
                    If Not connStrings.ElementInformation.IsLocked Then
                        ' Unprotect the section.
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.UnprotectSection()

                        connStrings.SectionInformation.ForceSave = True
                        config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Full)

                        Console.WriteLine( _
                        "Section {0} is now unprotected.", _
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)

                    Else
                        Console.WriteLine( _
                        "Can't unprotect, section {0} is locked", _
                        connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
                    End If
                Else
                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Section {0} is already unprotected.", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
                End If

            Else
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Can't get the section {0}", _
                connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
            End If
        End Sub 'UnProtectConfiguration



        Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

            Dim selection As String = String.Empty

            If args.Length = 0 Then
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Select createkey, protect or unprotect")
                Return
            End If

            selection = args(0).ToLower()

            Select Case selection

                ' Create the key to use during 
                ' encryption/decryption.
                Case "createkey"
                    Dim keyContainer As String = "pcKey.txt"

                    ' Instantiate the custom provider.
                    Dim provider _
                    As New TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider()

                    ' Create the encryption/decryption key.
                    provider.CreateKey(keyContainer)

                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "New TripleDES key created in {0}", _
                    keyContainer)

                Case "protect"
                    ProtectConfiguration()

                Case "unprotect"
                    UnProtectConfiguration()

                Case Else
                    Console.WriteLine("Unknown selection")
            End Select

            Console.Read()
        End Sub 'Main 
    End Class 'TestingProtectedConfigurationProvider
End Namespace


The following is an excerpt of the configuration file used by the above examples.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>

  <configProtectedData >
    <providers>
      <clear />
      <add keyContainerName="pcKey.txt" 
        name="TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider"
type="Samples.Aspnet.TripleDESProtectedConfigurationProvider, protectedconfigurationproviderlib, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=79e01ae0f5cfc66f, processorArchitecture=MSIL" />
    </providers>

  </configProtectedData >

  <connectionStrings>
    <add name="NorthwindConnectionString" 
      connectionString="Data Source=webnetue2;Initial Catalog=Northwind;User ID=aspnet_test;Password=test"
providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
  </connectionStrings>

</configuration>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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