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X509BasicConstraintsExtension Class

Defines the constraints set on a certificate. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Security.Cryptography.AsnEncodedData
    System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Extension
      System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509BasicConstraintsExtension

Namespace:  System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public sealed class X509BasicConstraintsExtension : X509Extension

The X509BasicConstraintsExtension type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodX509BasicConstraintsExtension()Initializes a new instance of the X509BasicConstraintsExtension class.
Public methodX509BasicConstraintsExtension(AsnEncodedData, Boolean)Initializes a new instance of the X509BasicConstraintsExtension class using an AsnEncodedData object and a value that identifies whether the extension is critical.
Public methodX509BasicConstraintsExtension(Boolean, Boolean, Int32, Boolean)Initializes a new instance of the X509BasicConstraintsExtension class. Parameters specify a value that indicates whether a certificate is a certificate authority (CA) certificate, a value that indicates whether the certificate has a restriction on the number of path levels it allows, the number of levels allowed in a certificate's path, and a value that indicates whether the extension is critical.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyCertificateAuthorityGets a value indicating whether a certificate is a certificate authority (CA) certificate.
Public propertyCriticalGets a Boolean value indicating whether the extension is critical. (Inherited from X509Extension.)
Public propertyHasPathLengthConstraintGets a value indicating whether a certificate has a restriction on the number of path levels it allows.
Public propertyOidGets or sets the Oid value for an AsnEncodedData object. (Inherited from AsnEncodedData.)
Public propertyPathLengthConstraintGets the number of levels allowed in a certificate's path.
Public propertyRawDataGets or sets the Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1)-encoded data represented in a byte array. (Inherited from AsnEncodedData.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodCopyFromInitializes a new instance of the X509BasicConstraintsExtension class using an AsnEncodedData object. (Overrides X509Extension.CopyFrom(AsnEncodedData).)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodFormatReturns a formatted version of the Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1)-encoded data as a string. (Inherited from AsnEncodedData.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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This class provides properties that define the basic constraints set on a certificate.

The following code example demonstrates how to open a user’s personal certificate store and display information about each certificate in the store. This example uses the X509BasicConstraintsExtension class to display the information.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;

public class CertSelect
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            X509Store store = new X509Store("MY", StoreLocation.CurrentUser);
            store.Open(OpenFlags.ReadOnly | OpenFlags.OpenExistingOnly);

            X509Certificate2Collection collection = (X509Certificate2Collection)store.Certificates;
            for (int i = 0; i < collection.Count; i++)
            {
                foreach (X509Extension extension in collection[i].Extensions)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine(extension.Oid.FriendlyName + "(" + extension.Oid.Value + ")");


                    if (extension.Oid.FriendlyName == "Key Usage")
                    {
                        X509KeyUsageExtension ext = (X509KeyUsageExtension)extension;
                        Console.WriteLine(ext.KeyUsages);
                    }

                    if (extension.Oid.FriendlyName == "Basic Constraints")
                    {
                        X509BasicConstraintsExtension ext = (X509BasicConstraintsExtension)extension;
                        Console.WriteLine(ext.CertificateAuthority);
                        Console.WriteLine(ext.HasPathLengthConstraint);
                        Console.WriteLine(ext.PathLengthConstraint);
                    }

                    if (extension.Oid.FriendlyName == "Subject Key Identifier")
                    {
                        X509SubjectKeyIdentifierExtension ext = (X509SubjectKeyIdentifierExtension)extension;
                        Console.WriteLine(ext.SubjectKeyIdentifier);
                    }

                    if (extension.Oid.FriendlyName == "Enhanced Key Usage")
                    {
                        X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension ext = (X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension)extension;
                        OidCollection oids = ext.EnhancedKeyUsages;
                        foreach (Oid oid in oids)
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine(oid.FriendlyName + "(" + oid.Value + ")");
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
            store.Close();
        }
        catch (CryptographicException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Information could not be written out for this certificate.");
        }
    }
}

.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

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.

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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