Rfc2898DeriveBytes Constructor (Byte[], Byte[], Int32)

Rfc2898DeriveBytes.Rfc2898DeriveBytes(Byte[], Byte[], Int32) Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the Rfc2898DeriveBytes class using a password, a salt, and number of iterations to derive the key.

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

public Rfc2898DeriveBytes (
	byte[] password,
	byte[] salt,
	int iterations
public Rfc2898DeriveBytes (
	byte[] password, 
	byte[] salt, 
	int iterations
public function Rfc2898DeriveBytes (
	password : byte[], 
	salt : byte[], 
	iterations : int
Not applicable.



The password used to derive the key.


The key salt used to derive the key.


The number of iterations for the operation.

Exception typeCondition


The specified salt size is smaller than 8 bytes or the iteration count is less than 1.


The password or salt is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

The salt size must be 8 bytes or larger and the iteration count must be greater than zero. The minimum recommended number of iterations is 1000.

RFC 2898 includes methods for creating a key and initialization vector (IV) from a password and salt. You can use PBKDF2, a password-based key derivation function, to derive keys using a pseudo-random function that allows keys of virtually unlimited length to be generated. The Rfc2898DeriveBytes class can be used to produce a derived key from a base key and other parameters. In a password-based key derivation function, the base key is a password and the other parameters are a salt value and an iteration count.

For more information about PBKDF2, see RFC 2898, "PKCS #5: Password-Based Cryptography Specification Version 2.0", available on the Request for Comments Web site at http://www.rfc-editor.org. See section 5.2, "PBKDF2", for complete details.

Security noteSecurity Note:

Never hard code a password within your source code. Hard-coded passwords can be retrieved from an assembly using the MSIL Disassembler (Ildasm.exe), a hex editor, or by simply opening up the assembly in a text editor such as Notepad.exe.

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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