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RijndaelManaged.GenerateKey Method

Generates a random Key to be used for the algorithm.

[Visual Basic]
Overrides Public Sub GenerateKey()
[C#]
public override void GenerateKey();
[C++]
public: void GenerateKey();
[JScript]
public override function GenerateKey();

Remarks

Use this method to generate a random key when none is specified.

Example

[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Security.Cryptography

Namespace RijndaelManaged_Examples
    Class MyMainClass
        Public Shared Sub Main()
            Dim original As String = "This is a much longer string of data than a public/private key algorithm will accept."
            Dim roundtrip As String
            Dim textConverter As New ASCIIEncoding()
            Dim myRijndael As New RijndaelManaged()
            Dim fromEncrypt() As Byte
            Dim encrypted() As Byte
            Dim toEncrypt() As Byte
            Dim key() As Byte
            Dim IV() As Byte

            'Create a new key and initialization vector.
            myRijndael.GenerateKey()
            myRijndael.GenerateIV()

            'Get the key and IV.
            key = myRijndael.Key
            IV = myRijndael.IV

            'Get an encryptor.
            Dim encryptor As ICryptoTransform = myRijndael.CreateEncryptor(key, IV)

            'Encrypt the data.
            Dim msEncrypt As New MemoryStream()
            Dim csEncrypt As New CryptoStream(msEncrypt, encryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Write)

            'Convert the data to a byte array.
            toEncrypt = textConverter.GetBytes(original)

            'Write all data to the crypto stream and flush it.
            csEncrypt.Write(toEncrypt, 0, toEncrypt.Length)
            csEncrypt.FlushFinalBlock()

            'Get encrypted array of bytes.
            encrypted = msEncrypt.ToArray()

            'This is where the message would be transmitted to a recipient
            ' who already knows your secret key. Optionally, you can
            ' also encrypt your secret key using a public key algorithm
            ' and pass it to the mesage recipient along with the RijnDael
            ' encrypted message.            
            'Get a decryptor that uses the same key and IV as the encryptor.
            Dim decryptor As ICryptoTransform = myRijndael.CreateDecryptor(key, IV)

            'Now decrypt the previously encrypted message using the decryptor
            ' obtained in the above step.
            Dim msDecrypt As New MemoryStream(encrypted)
            Dim csDecrypt As New CryptoStream(msDecrypt, decryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Read)

            fromEncrypt = New Byte(encrypted.Length) {}

            'Read the data out of the crypto stream.
            csDecrypt.Read(fromEncrypt, 0, fromEncrypt.Length)

            'Convert the byte array back into a string.
            roundtrip = textConverter.GetString(fromEncrypt)

            'Display the original data and the decrypted data.
            Console.WriteLine("Original:   {0}", original)
            Console.WriteLine("Round Trip: {0}", roundtrip)
        End Sub 'Main
    End Class 'MyMainClass
End Namespace 'RijndaelManaged_Examples

[C#] 
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

namespace RijndaelManaged_Examples
{
    class MyMainClass
    {
        public static void Main()
        {
            string original = "This is a much longer string of data than a public/private key algorithm will accept.";
            string roundtrip;
            ASCIIEncoding textConverter = new ASCIIEncoding();
            RijndaelManaged myRijndael = new RijndaelManaged();
            byte[] fromEncrypt;
            byte[] encrypted;
            byte[] toEncrypt;
            byte[] key;
            byte[] IV;

            //Create a new key and initialization vector.
            myRijndael.GenerateKey();
            myRijndael.GenerateIV();

            //Get the key and IV.
            key = myRijndael.Key;
            IV = myRijndael.IV;

            //Get an encryptor.
            ICryptoTransform encryptor = myRijndael.CreateEncryptor(key, IV);
            
            //Encrypt the data.
            MemoryStream msEncrypt = new MemoryStream();
            CryptoStream csEncrypt = new CryptoStream(msEncrypt, encryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Write);

            //Convert the data to a byte array.
            toEncrypt = textConverter.GetBytes(original);

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

            //Get encrypted array of bytes.
            encrypted = msEncrypt.ToArray();

            //This is where the message would be transmitted to a recipient
            // who already knows your secret key. Optionally, you can
            // also encrypt your secret key using a public key algorithm
            // and pass it to the mesage recipient along with the RijnDael
            // encrypted message.            

            //Get a decryptor that uses the same key and IV as the encryptor.
            ICryptoTransform decryptor = myRijndael.CreateDecryptor(key, IV);

            //Now decrypt the previously encrypted message using the decryptor
            // obtained in the above step.
            MemoryStream msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(encrypted);
            CryptoStream csDecrypt = new CryptoStream(msDecrypt, decryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Read);

            fromEncrypt = new byte[encrypted.Length];

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

            //Convert the byte array back into a string.
            roundtrip = textConverter.GetString(fromEncrypt);

            //Display the original data and the decrypted data.
            Console.WriteLine("Original:   {0}", original);
            Console.WriteLine("Round Trip: {0}", roundtrip);
        }
    }
}

[C++] 
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;

int main() {
    String* original = S"This is a much longer string of data than a public/private key algorithm will accept.";
    String* roundtrip;
    ASCIIEncoding* textConverter = new ASCIIEncoding();
    RijndaelManaged* myRijndael = new RijndaelManaged();
    Byte fromEncrypt[];
    Byte encrypted[];
    Byte toEncrypt[];
    Byte key[];
    Byte IV[];

    //Create a new key and initialization vector.
    myRijndael->GenerateKey();
    myRijndael->GenerateIV();

    //Get the key and IV.
    key = myRijndael->Key;
    IV = myRijndael->IV;

    //Get an encryptor.
    ICryptoTransform* encryptor = myRijndael->CreateEncryptor(key, IV);

    //Encrypt the data.
    MemoryStream* msEncrypt = new MemoryStream();
    CryptoStream* csEncrypt = new CryptoStream(msEncrypt, encryptor, CryptoStreamMode::Write);

    //Convert the data to a Byte array.
    toEncrypt = textConverter->GetBytes(original);

    //Write all data to the crypto stream and flush it.
    csEncrypt->Write(toEncrypt, 0, toEncrypt->Length);
    csEncrypt->FlushFinalBlock();

    //Get encrypted array of bytes.
    encrypted = msEncrypt->ToArray();

    //This is where the message would be transmitted to a recipient
    // who already knows your secret key. Optionally, you can
    // also encrypt your secret key using a public key algorithm
    // and pass it to the mesage recipient along with the RijnDael
    // encrypted message.            

    //Get a decryptor that uses the same key and IV as the encryptor.
    ICryptoTransform* decryptor = myRijndael->CreateDecryptor(key, IV);

    //Now decrypt the previously encrypted message using the decryptor
    // obtained in the above step.
    MemoryStream* msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(encrypted);
    CryptoStream* csDecrypt = new CryptoStream(msDecrypt, decryptor, CryptoStreamMode::Read);
    fromEncrypt = new Byte[encrypted->Length];

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

    //Convert the Byte array back into a String*.
    roundtrip = textConverter->GetString(fromEncrypt);

    //Display the original data and the decrypted data.
    Console::WriteLine(S"Original:   {0}", original);
    Console::WriteLine(S"Round Trip: {0}", roundtrip);
}

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Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

See Also

RijndaelManaged Class | RijndaelManaged Members | System.Security.Cryptography Namespace | Cryptographic Services

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