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MemoryProtectionScope Enumeration

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

Specifies the scope of memory protection to be applied by the Protect method.

Namespace: System.Security.Cryptography
Assembly: System.Security (in

Public Enumeration MemoryProtectionScope
Dim instance As MemoryProtectionScope

public enum MemoryProtectionScope
public enum MemoryProtectionScope

 Member nameDescription
CrossProcessAll code in any process can unprotect memory that was protected using the Protect method. 
SameLogonOnly code running in the same user context as the code that called the Protect method can unprotect memory. 
SameProcessOnly code running in the same process as the code that called the Protect method can unprotect memory. 

This enumeration is used with the Protect and Unprotect methods to protect data in memory.

The following code example shows how to use data protection.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.
import System.*;
import System.Security.Cryptography.*;

public class MemoryProtectionSample
    // Create aditional entropy for use with the Protect method.
    private static ubyte sAditionalEntropy[] =  { 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 };

    public static void main(String args[])
        // Create the original data to be encrypted (The data length should 
        // be a multiple of 16).
        ubyte secret[] =  { 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 };
        // Encrypt the data in memory. The result is stored in the same same 
        // array as the original data.
        ProtectedMemory.Protect(secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon);
        // Decrypt the data in memory and store in the original array.
        ProtectedMemory.Unprotect(secret, MemoryProtectionScope.SameLogon);
    } //main
} //MemoryProtectionSample 

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0