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GenericXmlSecurityToken Class

Represents a security token that is based upon XML.

Namespace:  System.IdentityModel.Tokens
Assembly:  System.IdentityModel (in System.IdentityModel.dll)

public ref class GenericXmlSecurityToken : public SecurityToken

Use the GenericXmlSecurityToken class when you receive a token over the wire that is not defined in a specification or there is no way for you to determine the type of the security token. For example, in a federation scenario when you send a Request Security Token (RST) to a Security Token Service (STS) you do not always know the type of the security token returned by the STS. In such cases, you can use a GenericXmlSecurityToken to store the security token as XML along with its internal and external references.

Use the GenericXmlSecurityToken class to define claims using XML when one of the built-in security tokens does not suffice. Other security tokens can define their claims using XML, however the GenericXmlSecurityToken security token generically allows a security token to have an application-defined set of XML.


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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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