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PasswordDeriveBytes Class

Derives a key from a password using an extension of the PBKDF1 algorithm.

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public ref class PasswordDeriveBytes : public DeriveBytes

This class uses an extension of the PBKDF1 algorithm defined in the PKCS#5 v2.0 standard to derive bytes suitable for use as key material from a password. The standard is documented in IETF RRC 2898.

Security noteSecurity Note:

Never hard-code a password within your source code. Hard coded passwords can be retrieved from an assembly using the MSIL Disassembler (Ildasm.exe) tool, a hex editor, or by simply opening up the assembly in a text editor like notepad.exe.

The following code example creates a key from a password using the PasswordDeriveBytes class.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;
using namespace System::Text;

// Generates a random salt value of the specified length. 
array<Byte>^ CreateRandomSalt(int length)
{
    // Create a buffer 
    array<Byte>^ randomBytes;

    if (length >= 1)
    {
        randomBytes = gcnew array <Byte>(length);
    }
    else
    {
        randomBytes = gcnew array <Byte>(1);
    }

    // Create a new RNGCryptoServiceProvider.
    RNGCryptoServiceProvider^ cryptoRNGProvider =
        gcnew RNGCryptoServiceProvider();

    // Fill the buffer with random bytes.
    cryptoRNGProvider->GetBytes(randomBytes);

    // return the bytes. 
    return randomBytes;
}

// Clears the bytes in a buffer so they can't later be read from memory. 
void ClearBytes(array<Byte>^ buffer)
{
    // Check arguments. 
    if (buffer == nullptr)
    {
        throw gcnew ArgumentNullException("buffer");
    }

    // Set each byte in the buffer to 0. 
    for (int x = 0; x <= buffer->Length - 1; x++)
    {
        buffer[x] = 0;
    }
}

int main(array<String^>^ args)
{

    // Get a password from the user.
    Console::WriteLine("Enter a password to produce a key:");

    // Security Note: Never hard-code a password within your 
    // source code.  Hard-coded passwords can be retrieved 
    // from a compiled assembly. 
    array<Byte>^ password = Encoding::Unicode->GetBytes(Console::ReadLine());

    array<Byte>^ randomSalt = CreateRandomSalt(7);

    // Create a TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object.
    TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider^ cryptoDESProvider =
        gcnew TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider();

    try
    {
        Console::WriteLine("Creating a key with PasswordDeriveBytes...");

        // Create a PasswordDeriveBytes object and then create 
        // a TripleDES key from the password and salt.
        PasswordDeriveBytes^ passwordDeriveBytes = gcnew PasswordDeriveBytes
            (password->ToString(), randomSalt);

	   // Create the key and set it to the Key property 
	   // of the TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object.
        cryptoDESProvider->Key = passwordDeriveBytes->CryptDeriveKey
            ("TripleDES", "SHA1", 192, cryptoDESProvider->IV);
        Console::WriteLine("Operation complete.");
    }
    catch (Exception^ ex)
    {
        Console::WriteLine(ex->Message);
    }
    finally
    {
        // Clear the buffers
        ClearBytes(password);
        ClearBytes(randomSalt);

        // Clear the key.
        cryptoDESProvider->Clear();
    }

    Console::ReadLine();
}

System::Object
  System.Security.Cryptography::DeriveBytes
    System.Security.Cryptography::PasswordDeriveBytes

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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