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X509Extension Class

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

Represents an X509 extension.

Namespace: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

Public Class X509Extension
	Inherits AsnEncodedData
Dim instance As X509Extension

public class X509Extension extends AsnEncodedData
public class X509Extension extends AsnEncodedData

X509 extensions are dynamic, extended properties that can be added to an X509 certificate and changed. The X509Extension class can be used to create extensions that are associated with a certificate but are not part of a certificate as issued by a certification authority (CA).

In its most basic form, an X509 extension has an object identifier (OID), a Boolean value describing whether the extension is considered critical or not, and ASN-encoded data. Custom extensions can be registered in a CryptoConfig file.

The.NET Framework includes implementations of several common X509 extensions:

The following code example demonstrates using the X509Extension class.

Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates

Module CertSelect

    Sub Main()
            Dim store As New X509Store("MY", StoreLocation.CurrentUser)
            store.Open(OpenFlags.ReadOnly Or OpenFlags.OpenExistingOnly)

            Dim collection As X509Certificate2Collection = CType(store.Certificates, X509Certificate2Collection)
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To collection.Count
                Dim extension As X509Extension
                For Each extension In collection(i).Extensions
                    Console.WriteLine(extension.Oid.FriendlyName + "(" + extension.Oid.Value + ")")

                    If extension.Oid.FriendlyName = "Key Usage" Then
                        Dim ext As X509KeyUsageExtension = CType(extension, X509KeyUsageExtension)
                    End If

                    If extension.Oid.FriendlyName = "Basic Constraints" Then
                        Dim ext As X509BasicConstraintsExtension = CType(extension, X509BasicConstraintsExtension)
                    End If

                    If extension.Oid.FriendlyName = "Subject Key Identifier" Then
                        Dim ext As X509SubjectKeyIdentifierExtension = CType(extension, X509SubjectKeyIdentifierExtension)
                    End If

                    If extension.Oid.FriendlyName = "Enhanced Key Usage" Then
                        Dim ext As X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension = CType(extension, X509EnhancedKeyUsageExtension)
                        Dim oids As OidCollection = ext.EnhancedKeyUsages
                        Dim oid As Oid
                        For Each oid In oids
                            Console.WriteLine(oid.FriendlyName + "(" + oid.Value + ")")
                        Next oid
                    End If
                Next extension
            Next i
            Console.WriteLine("Information could not be written out for this certificate.")
        End Try

    End Sub
End Module

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0