SignedXml.CheckSignature Method

Determines whether the Signature property verifies using the public key in the signature.

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

public bool CheckSignature()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the Signature property verifies; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
CryptographicException

The SignatureAlgorithm property of the public key in the signature does not match the SignatureMethod property.

-or-

The signature description could not be created.

-or

The hash algorithm could not be created.

This method also computes the digest of the references and the value of the signature.

If an XML document was signed with an X.509 signature, the CheckSignature method will search the "AddressBook" store for certificates suitable for the verification. For example, if the certificate is referenced by a Subject Key Identifier (SKI), the CheckSignature method will select certificates with this SKI and try them one after another until it can verify the certificate.

The following code example shows how to sign and verify an entire XML document using an enveloped signature.

// 
// This example signs an XML file using an 
// envelope signature. It then verifies the  
// signed XML. 
// 
using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;
using System.Security.Cryptography.Xml;
using System.Text;
using System.Xml;

public class SignVerifyEnvelope
{

    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        try
        {
           // Generate a signing key.
           RSACryptoServiceProvider Key = new RSACryptoServiceProvider();

           // Create an XML file to sign.
           CreateSomeXml("Example.xml");
           Console.WriteLine("New XML file created."); 

           // Sign the XML that was just created and save it in a  
           // new file.
           SignXmlFile("Example.xml", "signedExample.xml", Key);
           Console.WriteLine("XML file signed."); 

           // Verify the signature of the signed XML.
           Console.WriteLine("Verifying signature...");
           bool result = VerifyXmlFile("SignedExample.xml", Key);

           // Display the results of the signature verification to  
           // the console. 
           if(result)
           {
               Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is valid.");
           }
           else
           {
            Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is not valid.");
           }
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
        }
    }


    // Sign an XML file and save the signature in a new file. This method does not   
    // save the public key within the XML file.  This file cannot be verified unless   
    // the verifying code has the key with which it was signed. 
    public static void SignXmlFile(string FileName, string SignedFileName, RSA Key)
    {
        // Create a new XML document.
        XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();

        // Load the passed XML file using its name.
        doc.Load(new XmlTextReader(FileName));

        // Create a SignedXml object.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml(doc);

        // Add the key to the SignedXml document. 
        signedXml.SigningKey = Key;

        // Create a reference to be signed.
        Reference reference = new Reference();
        reference.Uri = "";

        // Add an enveloped transformation to the reference.
        XmlDsigEnvelopedSignatureTransform env = new XmlDsigEnvelopedSignatureTransform();
        reference.AddTransform(env);

        // Add the reference to the SignedXml object.
        signedXml.AddReference(reference);

        // Compute the signature.
        signedXml.ComputeSignature();

        // Get the XML representation of the signature and save 
        // it to an XmlElement object.
        XmlElement xmlDigitalSignature = signedXml.GetXml();

        // Append the element to the XML document.
        doc.DocumentElement.AppendChild(doc.ImportNode(xmlDigitalSignature, true));
		
        if (doc.FirstChild is XmlDeclaration)  
        {
            doc.RemoveChild(doc.FirstChild);
        }

        // Save the signed XML document to a file specified 
        // using the passed string.
        XmlTextWriter xmltw = new XmlTextWriter(SignedFileName, new UTF8Encoding(false));
        doc.WriteTo(xmltw);
        xmltw.Close();
    }

    // Verify the signature of an XML file against an asymetric  
    // algorithm and return the result. 
    public static Boolean VerifyXmlFile(String Name, RSA Key)
    {
        // Create a new XML document.
        XmlDocument xmlDocument = new XmlDocument();

        // Load the passed XML file into the document. 
        xmlDocument.Load(Name);

        // Create a new SignedXml object and pass it 
        // the XML document class.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml(xmlDocument);

        // Find the "Signature" node and create a new 
        // XmlNodeList object.
        XmlNodeList nodeList = xmlDocument.GetElementsByTagName("Signature");

        // Load the signature node.
        signedXml.LoadXml((XmlElement)nodeList[0]);

        // Check the signature and return the result. 
        return signedXml.CheckSignature(Key);
    }


    // Create example data to sign. 
    public static void CreateSomeXml(string FileName)
    {
        // Create a new XmlDocument object.
        XmlDocument document = new XmlDocument();

        // Create a new XmlNode object.
        XmlNode  node = document.CreateNode(XmlNodeType.Element, "", "MyElement", "samples");
		
        // Add some text to the node.
        node.InnerText = "Example text to be signed.";

        // Append the node to the document.
        document.AppendChild(node);

        // Save the XML document to the file name specified.
        XmlTextWriter xmltw = new XmlTextWriter(FileName, new UTF8Encoding(false));
        document.WriteTo(xmltw);
        xmltw.Close();
    }
}

The following code example shows how to sign and verify a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) addressable object using a detached signature.

// 
// This example signs a file specified by a URI  
// using a detached signature. It then verifies   
// the signed XML. 
// 

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Cryptography.Xml;
using System.Text;
using System.Xml;



class XMLDSIGDetached
{
	
    [STAThread]
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // The URI to sign. 
        string resourceToSign = "http://www.microsoft.com";
		
        // The name of the file to which to save the XML signature. 
        string XmlFileName = "xmldsig.xml";

        try
        {

            // Generate a signing key.
            RSACryptoServiceProvider Key = new RSACryptoServiceProvider();

            Console.WriteLine("Signing: {0}", resourceToSign);

            // Sign the detached resourceand save the signature in an XML file.
            SignDetachedResource(resourceToSign, XmlFileName, Key);

            Console.WriteLine("XML Signature was succesfully computed and saved to {0}.", XmlFileName);

            // Verify the signature of the signed XML.
            Console.WriteLine("Verifying signature...");

            //Verify the XML signature in the XML file against the key. 
            bool result = VerifyDetachedSignature(XmlFileName, Key);

            // Display the results of the signature verification to  
            // the console. 
            if(result)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is valid.");
            }
            else
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is not valid.");
            }
        }
        catch(CryptographicException e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(e.Message);

        }
		
    }

    // Sign an XML file and save the signature in a new file. This method does not   
    // save the public key within the XML file.  This file cannot be verified unless   
    // the verifying code has the key with which it was signed. 
    public static void SignDetachedResource(string URIString, string XmlSigFileName, RSA Key)
    {
        // Create a SignedXml object.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml();

        // Assign the key to the SignedXml object.
        signedXml.SigningKey = Key;

        // Create a reference to be signed.
        Reference reference = new Reference();

        // Add the passed URI to the reference object.
        reference.Uri = URIString;
		
        // Add the reference to the SignedXml object.
        signedXml.AddReference(reference);

        // Compute the signature.
        signedXml.ComputeSignature();

        // Get the XML representation of the signature and save 
        // it to an XmlElement object.
        XmlElement xmlDigitalSignature = signedXml.GetXml();

        // Save the signed XML document to a file specified 
        // using the passed string.
        XmlTextWriter xmltw = new XmlTextWriter(XmlSigFileName, new UTF8Encoding(false));
        xmlDigitalSignature.WriteTo(xmltw);
        xmltw.Close();

    }

    // Verify the signature of an XML file against an asymetric  
    // algorithm and return the result. 
    public static Boolean VerifyDetachedSignature(string XmlSigFileName, RSA Key)
    {	
        // Create a new XML document.
        XmlDocument xmlDocument = new XmlDocument();

        // Load the passedXML file into the document.
        xmlDocument.Load(XmlSigFileName);
	
        // Create a new SignedXml object.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml();

        // Find the "Signature" node and create a new 
        // XmlNodeList object.
        XmlNodeList nodeList = xmlDocument.GetElementsByTagName("Signature");

        // Load the signature node.
        signedXml.LoadXml((XmlElement)nodeList[0]);

        // Check the signature against the passed asymetric key 
        // and return the result. 
        return signedXml.CheckSignature(Key);
    }

}

The following code example shows how to sign and verify a single element of an XML document using an enveloping signature.

// 
// This example signs an XML file using an 
// envelope signature. It then verifies the  
// signed XML. 
// 
using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Cryptography.Xml;
using System.Text;
using System.Xml;

public class SignVerifyEnvelope
{

    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        // Generate a signing key.
       RSACryptoServiceProvider Key = new RSACryptoServiceProvider();

       try
       {
           // Specify an element to sign.  
           string[] elements =  { "#tag1" };

           // Sign an XML file and save the signature to a  
           // new file.
           SignXmlFile("Test.xml", "SignedExample.xml", Key, elements);
           Console.WriteLine("XML file signed.");

           // Verify the signature of the signed XML.
           Console.WriteLine("Verifying signature...");

           bool result = VerifyXmlFile("SignedExample.xml");

           // Display the results of the signature verification to  
           // the console. 
           if (result)
           {
               Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is valid.");
           }
           else
           {
               Console.WriteLine("The XML signature is not valid.");
           }
       }
       catch (CryptographicException e)
       {
           Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
       }
       finally
       {
           // Clear resources associated with the  
           // RSACryptoServiceProvider.
           Key.Clear();
       }
   }

    // Sign an XML file and save the signature in a new file. 
    public static void SignXmlFile(string FileName, string SignedFileName, RSA Key, string[] ElementsToSign)
    {
        // Check the arguments.   
        if (FileName == null)
            throw new ArgumentNullException("FileName");
        if (SignedFileName == null)
            throw new ArgumentNullException("SignedFileName");
        if (Key == null)
            throw new ArgumentNullException("Key");
        if (ElementsToSign == null)
            throw new ArgumentNullException("ElementsToSign");

        // Create a new XML document.
        XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();

        // Format the document to ignore white spaces.
        doc.PreserveWhitespace = false;

        // Load the passed XML file using it's name.
        doc.Load(new XmlTextReader(FileName));

        // Create a SignedXml object.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml(doc);

        // Add the key to the SignedXml document. 
        signedXml.SigningKey = Key;

        // Loop through each passed element to sign  
        // and create a reference. 
        foreach (string s in ElementsToSign)
        {
            // Create a reference to be signed.
            Reference reference = new Reference();
            reference.Uri = s;

            // Add an enveloped transformation to the reference.
            XmlDsigEnvelopedSignatureTransform env = new XmlDsigEnvelopedSignatureTransform();
            reference.AddTransform(env);

            // Add the reference to the SignedXml object.
            signedXml.AddReference(reference);

        }



        // Add an RSAKeyValue KeyInfo (optional; helps recipient find key to validate).
        KeyInfo keyInfo = new KeyInfo();
        keyInfo.AddClause(new RSAKeyValue((RSA)Key));
        signedXml.KeyInfo = keyInfo;

        // Compute the signature.
        signedXml.ComputeSignature();

        // Get the XML representation of the signature and save 
        // it to an XmlElement object.
        XmlElement xmlDigitalSignature = signedXml.GetXml();

        // Append the element to the XML document.
        doc.DocumentElement.AppendChild(doc.ImportNode(xmlDigitalSignature, true));


        if (doc.FirstChild is XmlDeclaration)
        {
            doc.RemoveChild(doc.FirstChild);
        }

        // Save the signed XML document to a file specified 
        // using the passed string.
        XmlTextWriter xmltw = new XmlTextWriter(SignedFileName, new UTF8Encoding(false));
        doc.WriteTo(xmltw);
        xmltw.Close();
    }
    // Verify the signature of an XML file and return the result. 
    public static Boolean VerifyXmlFile(String Name)
    {
        // Check the arguments.   
        if (Name == null)
            throw new ArgumentNullException("Name");

        // Create a new XML document.
        XmlDocument xmlDocument = new XmlDocument();

        // Format using white spaces.
        xmlDocument.PreserveWhitespace = true;

        // Load the passed XML file into the document. 
        xmlDocument.Load(Name);

        // Create a new SignedXml object and pass it 
        // the XML document class.
        SignedXml signedXml = new SignedXml(xmlDocument);

        // Find the "Signature" node and create a new 
        // XmlNodeList object.
        XmlNodeList nodeList = xmlDocument.GetElementsByTagName("Signature");

        // Load the signature node.
        signedXml.LoadXml((XmlElement)nodeList[0]);

        // Check the signature and return the result. 
        return signedXml.CheckSignature();
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.

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