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PaddingMode Enumeration

Specifies the type of padding to apply when the message data block is shorter than the full number of bytes needed for a cryptographic operation.

Namespace:  System.Security.Cryptography
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public enum PaddingMode

Member nameDescription
ANSIX923The ANSIX923 padding string consists of a sequence of bytes filled with zeros before the length.

The following example shows how this mode works. Given a blocklength of 8, a data length of 9, the number of padding octets equal to 7, and the data equal to FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF:

Data: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF

X923 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 07

ISO10126The ISO10126 padding string consists of random data before the length.

The following example shows how this mode works. Given a blocklength of 8, a data length of 9, the number of padding octets equal to 7, and the data equal to FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF:

Data: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF

ISO10126 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 7D 2A 75 EF F8 EF 07

NoneNo padding is done.
PKCS7The PKCS #7 padding string consists of a sequence of bytes, each of which is equal to the total number of padding bytes added.

The following example shows how these modes work. Given a blocklength of 8, a data length of 9, the number of padding octets equal to 7, and the data equal to FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF:

Data: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF

PKCS7 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 07 07 07 07 07 07 07

ZerosThe padding string consists of bytes set to zero.

Most plain text messages do not consist of a number of bytes that completely fill blocks. Often, there are not enough bytes to fill the last block. When this happens, a padding string is added to the text. For example, if the block length is 64 bits and the last block contains only 40 bits, 24 bits of padding are added.

Some encryption standards specify a particular padding scheme. The following example shows how these modes work. Given a blocklength of 8, a data length of 9, the number of padding octets equal to 7, and the data equal to FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF:

Data: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF

X923 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 00 00 00 00 00 00 07

PKCS7 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 07 07 07 07 07 07 07

ISO10126 padding: FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF 7D 2A 75 EF F8 EF 07

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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