Export Method (X509ContentType, SecureString)
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X509Certificate.Export Method (X509ContentType, SecureString)

 

Exports the current X509Certificate object to a byte array using the specified format and a password.

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

public virtual byte[] Export(
	X509ContentType contentType,
	SecureString password
)

Parameters

contentType
Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509ContentType

One of the X509ContentType values that describes how to format the output data.

password
Type: System.Security.SecureString

The password required to access the X.509 certificate data.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

A byte array that represents the current X509Certificate object.

Exception Condition
CryptographicException

A value other than Cert, SerializedCert, or Pkcs12 was passed to the contentType parameter.

-or-

The certificate could not be exported.

The contentType parameter accepts only the following values of the X509ContentType enumeration: Cert, SerializedCert, and Pkcs12. Passing any other value causes a CryptographicException to be thrown.

System_CAPS_security Security Note

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

KeyContainerPermission

for permission to open a key container and export a certificate when you pass the SerializedCert value to the contentType parameter. Security action: Demand. Associated enumerations: KeyContainerPermissionFlags.Open, KeyContainerPermissionFlags.Export

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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