CspKeyContainerInfo Class
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CspKeyContainerInfo Class

Provides additional information about a cryptographic key pair. This class cannot be inherited.

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

<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
Public NotInheritable Class CspKeyContainerInfo
Dim instance As CspKeyContainerInfo

/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public final class CspKeyContainerInfo
public final class CspKeyContainerInfo
Not applicable.

Use this class to obtain additional information about a key pair, such as the key container name or the key number.

In cases where a random key is generated by the RSACryptoServiceProvider or the DSACryptoServiceProvider, a key container will not be created until you call a method that uses the key. Some properties of the CspKeyContainerInfo class will throw a CryptographicException if a key container has not been created.

The following code example creates a key container and retrieves information about that container.

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

Module CspKeyContainerInfoExample

    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Dim rsa As New RSACryptoServiceProvider()

            ' Note: In cases where a random key is generated,   
            ' a key container is not created until you call  
            ' a method that uses the key.  This example calls
            ' the Encrypt method before calling the
            ' CspKeyContainerInfo property so that a key
            ' container is created.  
            ' Create some data to encrypt and display it.
            Dim data As String = "Here is some data to encrypt."

            Console.WriteLine("Data to encrypt: " + data)

            ' Convert the data to an array of bytes and 
            ' encrypt it.
            Dim byteData As Byte() = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(data)

            Dim encData As Byte() = rsa.Encrypt(byteData, False)

            ' Display the encrypted value.
            Console.WriteLine("Encrypted Data: " + Encoding.ASCII.GetString(encData))


            Console.WriteLine("CspKeyContainerInfo information:")


            ' Create a new CspKeyContainerInfo object.
            Dim keyInfo As CspKeyContainerInfo = rsa.CspKeyContainerInfo

            ' Display the value of each property.
            Console.WriteLine("Accessible property: " + keyInfo.Accessible.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Exportable property: " + keyInfo.Exportable.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("HardwareDevice property: " + keyInfo.HardwareDevice.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("KeyContainerName property: " + keyInfo.KeyContainerName)

            Console.WriteLine("KeyNumber property: " + keyInfo.KeyNumber.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("MachineKeyStore property: " + keyInfo.MachineKeyStore.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Protected property: " + keyInfo.Protected.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("ProviderName property: " + keyInfo.ProviderName)

            Console.WriteLine("ProviderType property: " + keyInfo.ProviderType.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("RandomlyGenerated property: " + keyInfo.RandomlyGenerated.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Removable property: " + keyInfo.Removable.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("UniqueKeyContainerName property: " + keyInfo.UniqueKeyContainerName)

        Catch e As Exception
            ' Clear the key.
        End Try

    End Sub
End Module


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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