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XmlDsigBase64Transform Class

Represents the Base64 decoding transform as defined in Section 6.6.2 of the XMLDSIG specification.

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

Public Class XmlDsigBase64Transform _
	Inherits Transform
Dim instance As XmlDsigBase64Transform

Use the XmlDsigBase64Transform object when you need to sign the raw data associated with the encoded content of an element.

The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that describes the XmlDsigBase64Transform object is defined by the XmlDsigBase64TransformUrl field.

For more information about the Base64 decoding transform, see Section 6.6.2 of the XMLDSIG specification, which is available from the W3C at

The following code example demonstrates how to use members of the XmlDsigBase64Transform class.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.Xml

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    ' Event handler for Run button. 
    Private Sub Button1_Click( _
        ByVal sender As System.Object, _
        ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click

        tbxOutput.Cursor = Cursors.WaitCursor
        tbxOutput.Text = "" 

        ' Encrypt an XML message

        ' Using XmlDsigBase64Transform resolving a Uri. 
        Dim baseUri As New Uri("")
        Dim relativeUri As String = "msdn" 
        Dim absoluteUri As Uri = ResolveUris(baseUri, relativeUri)

        ' Reset the cursor and conclude application.
        WriteLine(vbCrLf + "This sample completed successfully;" + _
            " press Exit to continue.")
        tbxOutput.Cursor = Cursors.Default
    End Sub 

    ' Encrypt the text in the specified XmlDocument. 
    Private Sub EncryptXML(ByVal xmlDoc As XmlDocument)
        Dim xmlTransform As New XmlDsigBase64Transform

        ' Ensure the transform is using the proper algorithm.
        xmlTransform.Algorithm = SignedXml.XmlDsigBase64TransformUrl

        ' Retrieve the XML representation of the current transform. 
        Dim xmlInTransform As XmlElement = xmlTransform.GetXml()

        WriteLine("Xml representation of the current transform: ")

        ' Retrieve the valid input types for the current transform. 
        Dim validInTypes() As Type = xmlTransform.InputTypes

        ' Verify the xmlTransform can accept the XMLDocument as an 
        ' input type. 
        For i As Int16 = 0 To validInTypes.Length Step 1
            If (validInTypes(i).Equals(xmlDoc.GetType())) Then 
                ' Demonstrate loading the entire Xml Document.

                ' This transform is created for demonstration purposes. 
                Dim secondTransform As New XmlDsigBase64Transform

                Dim classDescription As String = secondTransform.ToString()

                ' This call does not perform as expected. 
                ' LoadInnerXml is overridden by the XmlDsigBase64Transform 
                ' class, but is stubbed out.

                Exit For 
            End If 
        Dim validOutTypes() As Type = xmlTransform.OutputTypes

        For i As Int16 = 0 To validOutTypes.Length Step 1
            If (validOutTypes(i).equals(GetType(System.IO.Stream))) Then 
                    Dim streamType As Type = GetType(System.IO.Stream)

                    Dim outputStream As CryptoStream
                    outputStream = CType( _
                        xmlTransform.GetOutput(streamType), _

                    ' Read the CryptoStream into a stream reader. 
                    Dim streamReader As New StreamReader(outputStream)

                    ' Read the stream into a string. 
                    Dim outputMessage As String = streamReader.ReadToEnd()

                    ' Close the streams.

                    ' Display to the console the Xml before and after 
                    ' encryption.
                    WriteLine("Encoding the following message: " + _
                    WriteLine("Message encoded: " + outputMessage)

                Catch ex As Exception
                    WriteLine("Unexpected exception caught: " + _

                End Try 

                ' Stop cycling through types, exit operation. 
                Exit For 
                Dim outputObject As Object = xmlTransform.GetOutput()
            End If 
    End Sub 

    ' Create an XML document with Element and Text nodes. 
    Private Function LoadXMLDoc() As XmlDocument
        Dim xmlDoc As New XmlDocument

        Dim mainNode As XmlNode = xmlDoc.CreateNode( _
            XmlNodeType.Element, _
            "ContosoMessages", _

        Dim textNode As XmlNode
        textNode = xmlDoc.CreateTextNode("Some text to encode.")

        WriteLine("Created the following XML Document for " + _
            "transformation: ")
        Return xmlDoc
    End Function 

    ' Resolve the specified base and relative Uri's . 
    Private Function ResolveUris( _
        ByVal baseUri As Uri, _
        ByVal relativeUri As String) As Uri

        Dim xmlResolver As New XmlUrlResolver
        xmlResolver.Credentials = _

        Dim xmlTransform As New XmlDsigBase64Transform
        xmlTransform.Resolver = xmlResolver

        Dim absoluteUri As Uri = _
            xmlResolver.ResolveUri(baseUri, relativeUri)

        If Not absoluteUri Is Nothing Then
            WriteLine( _
                "Resolved the base Uri and relative Uri to the following:")
            WriteLine("Unable to resolve the base Uri and relative Uri")
        End If 
        Return absoluteUri
    End Function 

    ' Write message and carriage return to the output textbox. 
    Private Sub WriteLine(ByVal message As String)
        tbxOutput.AppendText(message + vbCrLf)
    End Sub 

    ' Event handler for Exit button. 
    Private Sub Button2_Click( _
        ByVal sender As System.Object, _
        ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click

    End Sub
#Region " Windows Form Designer generated code " 

    Public Sub New()

        'This call is required by the Windows Form Designer.

        'Add any initialization after the InitializeComponent() call 

    End Sub 

    'Form overrides dispose to clean up the component list. 
    Protected Overloads Overrides Sub Dispose(ByVal disposing As Boolean)
        If disposing Then 
            If Not (components Is Nothing) Then
            End If 
        End If 
    End Sub 

    'Required by the Windows Form Designer 
    Private components As System.ComponentModel.IContainer

    'NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Windows Form Designer 
    'It can be modified using the Windows Form Designer.   
    'Do not modify it using the code editor. 
    Friend WithEvents Panel2 As System.Windows.Forms.Panel
    Friend WithEvents Panel1 As System.Windows.Forms.Panel
    Friend WithEvents Button1 As System.Windows.Forms.Button
    Friend WithEvents Button2 As System.Windows.Forms.Button
    Friend WithEvents tbxOutput As System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox
    <System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThrough()> _
    Private Sub InitializeComponent()
        Me.Panel2 = New System.Windows.Forms.Panel
        Me.Button1 = New System.Windows.Forms.Button
        Me.Button2 = New System.Windows.Forms.Button
        Me.Panel1 = New System.Windows.Forms.Panel
        Me.tbxOutput = New System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox
        Me.Panel2.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Bottom
        Me.Panel2.DockPadding.All = 20
        Me.Panel2.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(0, 320)
        Me.Panel2.Name = "Panel2" 
        Me.Panel2.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(616, 64)
        Me.Panel2.TabIndex = 1
        Me.Button1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Right
        Me.Button1.Font = New System.Drawing.Font( _
            "Microsoft Sans Serif", _
            9.0!, _
            System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, _
            System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, _
            CType(0, Byte))
        Me.Button1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(446, 20)
        Me.Button1.Name = "Button1" 
        Me.Button1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(75, 24)
        Me.Button1.TabIndex = 2
        Me.Button1.Text = "&Run" 
        Me.Button2.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Right
        Me.Button2.Font = New System.Drawing.Font( _
            "Microsoft Sans Serif", _
            9.0!, _
            System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, _
            System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, _
            CType(0, Byte))
        Me.Button2.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(521, 20)
        Me.Button2.Name = "Button2" 
        Me.Button2.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(75, 24)
        Me.Button2.TabIndex = 3
        Me.Button2.Text = "E&xit" 
        Me.Panel1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill
        Me.Panel1.DockPadding.All = 20
        Me.Panel1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(0, 0)
        Me.Panel1.Name = "Panel1" 
        Me.Panel1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(616, 320)
        Me.Panel1.TabIndex = 2
        Me.tbxOutput.AccessibleDescription = _
            "Displays output from application." 
        Me.tbxOutput.AccessibleName = "Output textbox." 
        Me.tbxOutput.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill
        Me.tbxOutput.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(20, 20)
        Me.tbxOutput.Name = "tbxOutput" 
        Me.tbxOutput.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(576, 280)
        Me.tbxOutput.TabIndex = 1
        Me.tbxOutput.Text = "Click the Run button to run the application." 
        Me.AutoScaleBaseSize = New System.Drawing.Size(6, 15)
        Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(616, 384)
        Me.Name = "Form1" 
        Me.Text = "XmlDsigBase64Transform" 

    End Sub

#End Region
End Class 

' This sample produces the following output: 

' Created the following XML Document for transformation:  
' <ContosoMessages xmlns="">Some text to encode. 
' </ContosoMessages> 
' Xml representation of the current transform:  
' <Transform Algorithm="" xmlns= 
' "" /> 
' Encoding the following message: Some text to encode. 
' Message encoded: Jmr^ 
' Resolved the base Uri and relative Uri to the following: 
' This sample completed successfully; press Exit to continue.


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

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0