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Rfc2898DeriveBytes.Salt Property

Gets or sets the key salt value for the operation.

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

public byte[] Salt { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Byte[]
The key salt value for the operation.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The specified salt size is smaller than 8 bytes.

ArgumentNullException

The salt is null.

Salt, a random set of bytes, is used to make unauthorized decrypting of a message more difficult. A dictionary attack is an attack in which the attacker attempts to decrypt an encrypted message by comparing the encrypted value with previously computed encrypted values for the most likely keys. This attack is made much more difficult by the introduction of salt, or random bytes, at the end of the password before the key derivation.

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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