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RSACryptoServiceProvider.CspKeyContainerInfo Property

Gets a CspKeyContainerInfo object that describes additional information about a cryptographic key pair.

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

'Declaration
<ComVisibleAttribute(False)> _
Public ReadOnly Property CspKeyContainerInfo As CspKeyContainerInfo

Property Value

Type: System.Security.Cryptography.CspKeyContainerInfo
A CspKeyContainerInfo object that describes additional information about a cryptographic key pair.

Implements

ICspAsymmetricAlgorithm.CspKeyContainerInfo

Use the CspKeyContainerInfo property to retrieve additional information about a cryptographic key pair. The returned CspKeyContainerInfo object describes whether the key is exportable, and specifies the key container name, information about the provider, and other information.

In cases where a random key is generated, a key container will not be created until you call a method that uses the key. Some properties of the CspKeyContainerInfo object returned by the CspKeyContainerInfo property will throw a CryptographicException if a key container has not been created. To make sure that a key container has been created, call a method such as Encrypt, Decrypt, SignData, SignHash, and so on, before you call the CspKeyContainerInfo property.

The following code example demonstrates how to call the CspKeyContainerInfo property.


Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Text

Module CspKeyContainerInfoExample

    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Dim rsa As New RSACryptoServiceProvider()

        Try
            ' Note: In cases where a random key is generated,   
            ' a key container is not created until you call  
            ' a method that uses the key.  This example calls
            ' the Encrypt method before calling the
            ' CspKeyContainerInfo property so that a key
            ' container is created.  
            ' Create some data to encrypt and display it.
            Dim data As String = "Here is some data to encrypt."

            Console.WriteLine("Data to encrypt: " + data)

            ' Convert the data to an array of bytes and 
            ' encrypt it.
            Dim byteData As Byte() = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(data)

            Dim encData As Byte() = rsa.Encrypt(byteData, False)

            ' Display the encrypted value.
            Console.WriteLine("Encrypted Data: " + Encoding.ASCII.GetString(encData))

            Console.WriteLine()

            Console.WriteLine("CspKeyContainerInfo information:")

            Console.WriteLine()

            ' Create a new CspKeyContainerInfo object.
            Dim keyInfo As CspKeyContainerInfo = rsa.CspKeyContainerInfo

            ' Display the value of each property.
            Console.WriteLine("Accessible property: " + keyInfo.Accessible.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Exportable property: " + keyInfo.Exportable.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("HardwareDevice property: " + keyInfo.HardwareDevice.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("KeyContainerName property: " + keyInfo.KeyContainerName)

            Console.WriteLine("KeyNumber property: " + keyInfo.KeyNumber.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("MachineKeyStore property: " + keyInfo.MachineKeyStore.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Protected property: " + keyInfo.Protected.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("ProviderName property: " + keyInfo.ProviderName)

            Console.WriteLine("ProviderType property: " + keyInfo.ProviderType.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("RandomlyGenerated property: " + keyInfo.RandomlyGenerated.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("Removable property: " + keyInfo.Removable.ToString())

            Console.WriteLine("UniqueKeyContainerName property: " + keyInfo.UniqueKeyContainerName)


        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine(e.ToString())
        Finally
            ' Clear the key.
            rsa.Clear()
        End Try
        Console.ReadLine()

    End Sub
End Module


.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.

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