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DSASignatureDeformatter.SetHashAlgorithm Method

Specifies the hash algorithm for the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) signature deformatter.

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

public override void SetHashAlgorithm(
	string strName


Type: System.String
The name of the hash algorithm to use for the signature deformatter.


The strName parameter does not map to the SHA1 hash algorithm.

Notes to Implementers

This method is not used. The DSA algorithm requires the SHA1 hash algorithm.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

class DSASample
	static void Main()
			//Create a new instance of DSACryptoServiceProvider.
			DSACryptoServiceProvider DSA = new DSACryptoServiceProvider();

			//The hash to sign.
			byte[] Hash = {59,4,248,102,77,97,142,201,210,12,224,93,25,41,100,197,213,134,130,135};

			//Create an DSASignatureFormatter object and pass it the 
			//DSACryptoServiceProvider to transfer the key information.
			DSASignatureFormatter DSAFormatter = new DSASignatureFormatter(DSA);

			//Set the hash algorithm to SHA1.

			//Create a signature for HashValue and return it.
			byte[] SignedHash = DSAFormatter.CreateSignature(Hash);

			//Create an DSASignatureDeformatter object and pass it the 
			//DSACryptoServiceProvider to transfer the key information.
			DSASignatureDeformatter DSADeformatter = new DSASignatureDeformatter(DSA);

			//Verify the hash and display the results to the console.
			if(DSADeformatter.VerifySignature(Hash, SignedHash))
				Console.WriteLine("The signature was verified.");
				Console.WriteLine("The signature was not verified.");

		catch(CryptographicException e)


.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.