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ProtectedMemory.Protect Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Protects the userData parameter and returns a byte array.

Namespace: System.Security.Cryptography
Assembly: System.Security (in system.security.dll)

public static void Protect (
	byte[] userData,
	MemoryProtectionScope scope
)
public static void Protect (
	byte[] userData, 
	MemoryProtectionScope scope
)
public static function Protect (
	userData : byte[], 
	scope : MemoryProtectionScope
)

Parameters

userData

The byte array containing data in memory to protect. The array must be a multiple of 16 bytes.

scope

One of the MemoryProtectionScope values.

Exception typeCondition

CryptographicException

userData must be16 bytes in length or in multiples of 16 bytes.

PlatformNotSupportedException

The operating system does not support this method. This method can be used only with Microsoft Windows 2000 or later operating systems.

This method can be used to protect data in memory. Note that the method does not make a copy of the data, but encrypts the byte array in place. The userData parameter must be 16 bytes in length or a multiple of 16 bytes.

Support for this method is available in Microsoft Windows XP and later operating systems.

The following code example shows how to use data protection.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

public class MemoryProtectionSample
{
// Create aditional entropy for use with the Protect method.
	static byte [] s_aditionalEntropy = { 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 };

	public static void Main()
	{
// Create the original data to be encrypted (The data length should be a multiple of 16).
		
byte [] secret = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 };

// Encrypt the data in memory. The result is stored in the same same array as the original data.
		ProtectedMemory.Protect( secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon );
	
// Decrypt the data in memory and store in the original array.
		ProtectedMemory.Unprotect( secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon );
	}

}

import System.*;
import System.Security.Cryptography.*;

public class MemoryProtectionSample
{
    // Create aditional entropy for use with the Protect method.
    private static ubyte sAditionalEntropy[] =  { 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 };

    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        // Create the original data to be encrypted (The data length should 
        // be a multiple of 16).
        ubyte secret[] =  { 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 };
        // Encrypt the data in memory. The result is stored in the same same 
        // array as the original data.
        ProtectedMemory.Protect(secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon);
        // Decrypt the data in memory and store in the original array.
        ProtectedMemory.Unprotect(secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon);
    } //main
} //MemoryProtectionSample 

Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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