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SymmetricAlgorithm.GenerateIV Method

When overridden in a derived class, generates a random initialization vector (IV) to use for the algorithm.

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

public abstract void GenerateIV()

In general, there is no reason to use this method, because CreateEncryptor() or CreateEncryptor(null, null) automatically generates both an initialization vector and a key. However, you may want to use the GenerateIV() method to reuse a symmetric algorithm instance with a different initialization vector.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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