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Marshal.ZeroFreeCoTaskMemAnsi Method

Frees an unmanaged string pointer that was allocated using the SecureStringToCoTaskMemAnsi method.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Shared Sub ZeroFreeCoTaskMemAnsi ( _
	s As IntPtr _


Type: System.IntPtr

The address of the unmanaged string to free.

The ZeroFreeCoTaskMemAnsi method first zeros out and then frees unmanaged memory that was allocated using the SecureStringToCoTaskMemAnsi method.

The following example uses the SecureStringToCoTaskMemAnsi method to marshal and decrypt the contents of a SecureString object to a block of unmanaged memory. It then uses the ZeroFreeCoTaskMemAnsi method to zero out and dispose the unmanaged block.

Imports System
Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices
Imports System.Security
Imports System.Security.Principal
Imports System.Text

Module MarshalExample

    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        Dim unmanagedRef As IntPtr

            ' Ask the user for a password.
            Console.Write("Please enter your password:")

            Dim passWord As SecureString = GetPassword()

            Console.WriteLine("Copying and decrypting the string to unmanaged memory...")

            ' Copy the Secure string to unmanaged memory (and decrypt it).
            unmanagedRef = Marshal.SecureStringToCoTaskMemAnsi(passWord)

        Catch e As Exception

            If unmanagedRef <> IntPtr.Size Then

                Console.WriteLine("Zeroing out unmanaged memory...")


            End If 

        End Try



    End Sub 

    Function GetPassword() As SecureString
        Dim password As New SecureString()

        ' get the first character of the password 
        Dim nextKey As ConsoleKeyInfo = Console.ReadKey(True)

        While nextKey.Key <> ConsoleKey.Enter
            If nextKey.Key = ConsoleKey.BackSpace Then 
                If password.Length > 0 Then
                    password.RemoveAt(password.Length - 1)

                    ' erase the last * as well
                    Console.Write(" ")
                End If 
            End If

            nextKey = Console.ReadKey(True)
        End While


        ' lock the password down
        Return password

    End Function 
End Module

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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