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DES.IsWeakKey Method

Determines whether the specified key is weak.

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

public static bool IsWeakKey(
	byte[] rgbKey
)

Parameters

rgbKey
Type: System.Byte[]
The secret key to test for weakness.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the key is weak; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
CryptographicException

The size of the rgbKey parameter is not valid.

Weak keys are keys that result in ciphers that are easy to break. If text is encrypted with a weak key, encrypting the resulting cipher again with the same weak key returns the original text. There are four known weak keys for the Data Encryption Standard (DES) algorithm; this method checks for those weak keys.

Attempting to set a weak key results in a CryptographicException. When GenerateKey is called to create a random key, a weak key will never be returned.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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