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TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider Class

Updated: March 2012

Defines a wrapper object to access the cryptographic service provider (CSP) version of the TripleDES algorithm. This class cannot be inherited.

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public sealed class TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider : TripleDES

This algorithm supports key lengths from 128 bits to 192 bits in increments of 64 bits.

NoteNote:

A newer symmetric encryption algorithm, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), is available. Consider using the AesCryptoServiceProvider class instead of the TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider class.

The following code example creates a TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object and uses it to encrypt and decrypt data in a file.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;

class TrippleDESCSPSample
{

    static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            // Create a new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object 
            // to generate a key and initialization vector (IV).
            TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider tDESalg = new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider();

            // Create a string to encrypt.
            string sData = "Here is some data to encrypt.";
            string FileName = "CText.txt";

            // Encrypt text to a file using the file name, key, and IV.
            EncryptTextToFile(sData, FileName, tDESalg.Key, tDESalg.IV);

            // Decrypt the text from a file using the file name, key, and IV.
            string Final = DecryptTextFromFile(FileName, tDESalg.Key, tDESalg.IV);

            // Display the decrypted string to the console.
            Console.WriteLine(Final);
        }
        catch (Exception e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
        }

    }

    public static void EncryptTextToFile(String Data, String FileName, byte[] Key, byte[] IV)
    {
        try
        {
            // Create or open the specified file.
            FileStream fStream = File.Open(FileName,FileMode.OpenOrCreate);

            // Create a CryptoStream using the FileStream  
            // and the passed key and initialization vector (IV).
            CryptoStream cStream = new CryptoStream(fStream, 
                new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider().CreateEncryptor(Key,IV), 
                CryptoStreamMode.Write); 

            // Create a StreamWriter using the CryptoStream.
            StreamWriter sWriter = new StreamWriter(cStream);

            // Write the data to the stream  
            // to encrypt it.
            sWriter.WriteLine(Data);

            // Close the streams and 
            // close the file.
            sWriter.Close();
            cStream.Close();
            fStream.Close();
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A Cryptographic error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
        }
        catch(UnauthorizedAccessException  e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A file access error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
        }

    }

    public static string DecryptTextFromFile(String FileName, byte[] Key, byte[] IV)
    {
        try
        {
            // Create or open the specified file. 
            FileStream fStream = File.Open(FileName, FileMode.OpenOrCreate);

            // Create a CryptoStream using the FileStream  
            // and the passed key and initialization vector (IV).
            CryptoStream cStream = new CryptoStream(fStream, 
                new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider().CreateDecryptor(Key,IV), 
                CryptoStreamMode.Read); 

            // Create a StreamReader using the CryptoStream.
            StreamReader sReader = new StreamReader(cStream);

            // Read the data from the stream  
            // to decrypt it.
            string val = sReader.ReadLine();

            // Close the streams and 
            // close the file.
            sReader.Close();
            cStream.Close();
            fStream.Close();

            // Return the string.  
            return val;
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A Cryptographic error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
            return null;
        }
        catch(UnauthorizedAccessException  e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A file access error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
            return null;
        }
    }
}

The following code example creates a TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object and uses it to encrypt and decrypt data in memory.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;

class TrippleDESCSPSample
{

    static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            // Create a new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider object 
            // to generate a key and initialization vector (IV).
            TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider tDESalg = new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider();

            // Create a string to encrypt.
            string sData = "Here is some data to encrypt.";

            // Encrypt the string to an in-memory buffer.
            byte[] Data = EncryptTextToMemory(sData, tDESalg.Key, tDESalg.IV);

            // Decrypt the buffer back to a string.
            string Final = DecryptTextFromMemory(Data, tDESalg.Key, tDESalg.IV);

            // Display the decrypted string to the console.
            Console.WriteLine(Final);
        }
        catch (Exception e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
        }

    }

    public static byte[] EncryptTextToMemory(string Data,  byte[] Key, byte[] IV)
    {
        try
        {
            // Create a MemoryStream.
            MemoryStream mStream = new MemoryStream();

            // Create a CryptoStream using the MemoryStream  
            // and the passed key and initialization vector (IV).
            CryptoStream cStream = new CryptoStream(mStream, 
                new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider().CreateEncryptor(Key, IV), 
                CryptoStreamMode.Write);

            // Convert the passed string to a byte array.
            byte[] toEncrypt = new ASCIIEncoding().GetBytes(Data);

            // Write the byte array to the crypto stream and flush it.
            cStream.Write(toEncrypt, 0, toEncrypt.Length);
            cStream.FlushFinalBlock();

            // Get an array of bytes from the  
            // MemoryStream that holds the  
            // encrypted data.
            byte[] ret = mStream.ToArray();

            // Close the streams.
            cStream.Close();
            mStream.Close();

            // Return the encrypted buffer. 
            return ret;
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A Cryptographic error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
            return null;
        }

    }

    public static string DecryptTextFromMemory(byte[] Data,  byte[] Key, byte[] IV)
    {
        try
        {
            // Create a new MemoryStream using the passed  
            // array of encrypted data.
            MemoryStream msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(Data);

            // Create a CryptoStream using the MemoryStream  
            // and the passed key and initialization vector (IV).
            CryptoStream csDecrypt = new CryptoStream(msDecrypt, 
                new TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider().CreateDecryptor(Key, IV), 
                CryptoStreamMode.Read);

            // Create buffer to hold the decrypted data.
            byte[] fromEncrypt = new byte[Data.Length];

            // Read the decrypted data out of the crypto stream 
            // and place it into the temporary buffer.
            csDecrypt.Read(fromEncrypt, 0, fromEncrypt.Length);

            //Convert the buffer into a string and return it. 
            return new ASCIIEncoding().GetString(fromEncrypt);
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("A Cryptographic error occurred: {0}", e.Message);
            return null;
        }
    }
}

System.Object
  System.Security.Cryptography.SymmetricAlgorithm
    System.Security.Cryptography.TripleDES
      System.Security.Cryptography.TripleDESCryptoServiceProvider

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

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

Date

History

Reason

March 2012

Updated Visual Basic example.

Customer feedback.

February 2009

Added note about newer AES algorithm.

Information enhancement.

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