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RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Provides a ProtectedConfigurationProvider that uses RSA encryption to encrypt and decrypt configuration data.

Namespace: System.Configuration
Assembly: System.Configuration (in system.configuration.dll)

'Declaration
Public NotInheritable Class RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider
	Inherits ProtectedConfigurationProvider
'Usage
Dim instance As RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider

public final class RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider extends ProtectedConfigurationProvider
public final class RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider extends ProtectedConfigurationProvider

The RSAProtectedConfigurationProvider class gives you a way to encrypt sensitive information stored in a configuration file, which helps protect it from unauthorized access. You use the built-in RSAProtectedConfigurationProvider by declaring the provider and making appropriate settings in the configuration file instead of creating an instance of this class, as shown in the example later in this topic.

The RSAProtectedConfigurationProvider uses the cryptography functions provided by RSA class to encrypt and decrypt configuration sections.

NoteNote

Before ASP.NET can decrypt encrypted information in your configuration file, the identity of your ASP.NET application must have read access to the encryption key used to encrypt and decrypt the configuration data. For more information, see Walkthrough: Encrypting Configuration Information Using Protected Configuration.

The following code example shows how to use the standard RSAProtectedConfigurationProvider to protect or unprotect a configuration section.


Imports System
Imports System.Configuration


Public Class UsingRsaProtectedConfigurationProvider
   
   
   ' Protect the connectionStrings section.
   Private Shared Sub ProtectConfiguration()
      
      ' Get the application configuration file.
        Dim config As System.Configuration.Configuration = _
        ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(ConfigurationUserLevel.None)
      
      ' Define the Rsa provider name.
        Dim provider As String = _
        "RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider"
      
      ' Get the section to protect.
        Dim connStrings As ConfigurationSection = _
        config.ConnectionStrings
      
      If Not (connStrings Is Nothing) Then
         If Not connStrings.SectionInformation.IsProtected Then
            If Not connStrings.ElementInformation.IsLocked Then
                    ' Protect the section.

                    connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectSection(provider)


                    connStrings.SectionInformation.ForceSave = True

                    config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Full)

                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Section {0 is now protected by {1", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name, _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectionProvider.Name)

                Else
                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Can't protect, section {0 is locked", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
                End If
         Else
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Section {0 is already protected by {1", _
                connStrings.SectionInformation.Name, _
                connStrings.SectionInformation.ProtectionProvider.Name)
         End If
      
      Else
            Console.WriteLine( _
            "Can't get the section {0", _
            connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
      End If
   End Sub 'ProtectConfiguration
    
   
   
   ' Unprotect the connectionStrings section.
   Private Shared Sub UnProtectConfiguration()
      
      ' Get the application configuration file.
        Dim config As System.Configuration.Configuration = _
        ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(ConfigurationUserLevel.None)
      
      ' Get the section to unprotect.
        Dim connStrings As ConfigurationSection = _
        config.ConnectionStrings
      
      If Not (connStrings Is Nothing) Then
         If connStrings.SectionInformation.IsProtected Then
            If Not connStrings.ElementInformation.IsLocked Then
               ' Unprotect the section.
               connStrings.SectionInformation.UnprotectSection()
               
               connStrings.SectionInformation.ForceSave = True
               config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Full)
               
                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Section {0 is now unprotected.", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
            
            Else
                    Console.WriteLine( _
                    "Can't unprotect, section {0 is locked", _
                    connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
            End If
         Else
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Section {0 is already unprotected.", _
                connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
         End If
      
      Else
            Console.WriteLine( _
            "Can't get the section {0", _
            connStrings.SectionInformation.Name)
      End If
   End Sub 'UnProtectConfiguration
   
   
   
    Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        Dim selection As String = String.Empty

        If args.Length = 0 Then
            Console.WriteLine( _
            "Select protect or unprotect")
            Return
        End If

        selection = args(0).ToLower()

        Select Case selection
            Case "protect"
                ProtectConfiguration()

            Case "unprotect"
                UnProtectConfiguration()

            Case Else
                Console.WriteLine( _
                "Unknown selection")
        End Select

        Console.Read()
    End Sub 'Main

End Class 'UsingRsaProtectedConfigurationProvider


The following example shows an excerpt from a configuration file after encryption.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
  <connectionStrings configProtectionProvider="RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider">
    <EncryptedData Type="http://www.w3.org/2001/04/xmlenc#Element"
        xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/04/xmlenc#">
      <EncryptionMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/04/xmlenc#tripledes-cbc" />
      <KeyInfo xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#">
        <EncryptedKey xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/04/xmlenc#">
          <EncryptionMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2001/04/xmlenc#rsa-1_5" />
          <KeyInfo xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#">
            <KeyName>Rsa Key</KeyName>
          </KeyInfo>
          <CipherData>
            <CipherValue>B702tRDVHJjC3CYXt7I0ucCDjdht/Vyk/DdUhwQyt7vepSD85dwCP8ox9Y1BUdjajFeTFfFBsGypbli5HPGRYamQdrVkPo07bBBXNT5H02qxREguGUU4iDtV1Xp8BLVZjQMV4ZgP6Wbctw2xRvPC7GvKHLI4fUN/Je5LmutsijA=</CipherValue>
          </CipherData>
        </EncryptedKey>
      </KeyInfo>
      <CipherData>
        <CipherValue>ME+XJA2TAj3QN3yT4pJq3sRArC0i7Cz3Da71BkaRe9QNfuVuUjcv0jeGUN4wDdOAZ7LPq6UpVrpirY3kQcALDvPJ5nKxk++Mw75rjtIO8eh2goTY9rCK6zanfzaDshFy7IqItpvs/y2kmij25nM3ury6uO0hCf0UbEL1mbT2jXDqvcrHZUobO1Ef6bygBZ/8HpU+VfF9CTCob/BBE9zUkK37EQhcduwsnzBvDblYbF/Rd+F4lxAkZnecGLfCZjOzJB4xH1a0vvWtPR7zNwL/7I0uHzQjyMdWrkBnotMjoR70R7NELBotCogWO0MBimncKigdR3dTTdrCd72a7UJ4LMlEQaZXGIJp4PIg6qVDHII=</CipherValue>
      </CipherData>
    </EncryptedData>
  </connectionStrings>
</configuration>

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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