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RC2CryptoServiceProvider.UseSalt Property

Gets or sets a value that determines whether to create a key with an 11-byte-long, zero-value salt.

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

public bool UseSalt { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the key should be created with an 11-byte-long, zero-value salt; otherwise, false. The default is false.

The UseSalt property allows you to interoperate with an existing application that uses an 11-byte-long, zero-value salt. For most scenarios, you should not use a salt with an RC2CryptoServiceProvider key.

The following code example sets the UseSalt property to true, and then encrypts and decrypts a value.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

namespace RC2CryptoServiceProvider_Examples
    class MyMainClass
        public static void Main()
            byte[] originalBytes = ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes("Here is some data.");

	    //Create a new RC2CryptoServiceProvider.
            RC2CryptoServiceProvider rc2CSP = new RC2CryptoServiceProvider();

            rc2CSP.UseSalt = true;


            //Encrypt the data.
            MemoryStream msEncrypt = new MemoryStream();
            CryptoStream csEncrypt = new CryptoStream(msEncrypt, rc2CSP.CreateEncryptor(rc2CSP.Key, rc2CSP.IV), CryptoStreamMode.Write);

            //Write all data to the crypto stream and flush it.
            csEncrypt.Write(originalBytes, 0, originalBytes.Length);

            //Get encrypted array of bytes.
            byte[] encryptedBytes = msEncrypt.ToArray();            

            //Decrypt the previously encrypted message.
            MemoryStream msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(encryptedBytes);
            CryptoStream csDecrypt = new CryptoStream(msDecrypt, rc2CSP.CreateDecryptor(rc2CSP.Key, rc2CSP.IV), CryptoStreamMode.Read);

            byte[] unencryptedBytes = new byte[originalBytes.Length];

            //Read the data out of the crypto stream.
            csDecrypt.Read(unencryptedBytes, 0, unencryptedBytes.Length);

            //Convert the byte array back into a string.
            string plaintext = ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetString(unencryptedBytes);

            //Display the results.
            Console.WriteLine("Unencrypted text: {0}", plaintext);


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.