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SymmetricAlgorithm.CreateEncryptor Method

Updated: December 2010

Creates a symmetric encryptor object with the current Key property and initialization vector (IV).

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

Public Overridable Function CreateEncryptor As ICryptoTransform
Dim instance As SymmetricAlgorithm 
Dim returnValue As ICryptoTransform 

returnValue = instance.CreateEncryptor()

Return Value

Type: System.Security.Cryptography.ICryptoTransform
A symmetric encryptor object.

If the current Key property is Nothing, the GenerateKey method is called to create a new random Key. If the current IV property is Nothing, the GenerateIV method is called to create a new random IV.

Use the CreateDecryptor overload with the same signature to decrypt the result of this method.

The following example encrypts a string by using the transform object that is returned from the CreateEncryptor method.

Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Text

Class EncryptorExample
     Private Shared quote As String = _
         "Things may come to those who wait, but only the " + _
         "things left by those who hustle. -- Abraham Lincoln" 

     Public Shared Sub Main()
         Dim aesCSP As New AesCryptoServiceProvider()

         Dim encQuote() As Byte = EncryptString(aesCSP, quote)

         Console.WriteLine("Encrypted Quote:" + vbNewLine)

         Console.WriteLine(vbNewLine + "Decrypted Quote:" + vbNewLine)
         Console.WriteLine(DecryptBytes(aesCSP, encQuote))
     End Sub 

     Public Shared Function EncryptString(symAlg As SymmetricAlgorithm, inString As String) As Byte()
         Dim inBlock() As Byte = UnicodeEncoding.Unicode.GetBytes(inString)
         Dim xfrm As ICryptoTransform = symAlg.CreateEncryptor()
         Dim outBlock() As Byte = xfrm.TransformFinalBlock(inBlock, 0, inBlock.Length)

         Return outBlock
     End Function 

     Public Shared Function DecryptBytes(symAlg As SymmetricAlgorithm, inBytes() As Byte) As String 
         Dim xfrm As ICryptoTransform = symAlg.CreateDecryptor()
         Dim outBlock() As Byte = xfrm.TransformFinalBlock(inBytes, 0, inBytes.Length)

         return UnicodeEncoding.Unicode.GetString(outBlock)
     End Function 
End Class

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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




December 2010

Added code example.

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