MachineKeySection Class
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MachineKeySection Class

 

Defines the configuration settings that control the key generation and algorithms that are used in encryption, decryption, and message authentication code (MAC) operations in Windows Forms authentication, view-state validation, and session-state application isolation. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.Web.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

System.Object
  System.Configuration.ConfigurationElement
    System.Configuration.ConfigurationSection
      System.Web.Configuration.MachineKeySection

[<Sealed>]
type MachineKeySection = 
    class
        inherit ConfigurationSection
    end

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodMachineKeySection()

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Initializes a new instance of the MachineKeySection class by using default settings.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubpropertyApplicationName

Gets or sets the name of the application.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyCompatibilityMode

Gets or sets a value that specifies whether upgraded encryption methods for view state that were introduced after the .NET Framework version 2.0 Service Pack 1 release are used.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyCurrentConfiguration

Gets a reference to the top-level Configuration instance that represents the configuration hierarchy that the current ConfigurationElement instance belongs to.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyDataProtectorType

Gets or sets the name of the data protector type. The default is String.Empty.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyDecryption

Specifies the encryption algorithm that is used for encrypting and decrypting forms authentication data.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyDecryptionKey

Gets or sets the key that is used to encrypt and decrypt data, or the process by which the key is generated.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyElementInformation

Gets an ElementInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationElement object. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protpropertyElementProperty

Gets the ConfigurationElementProperty object that represents the ConfigurationElement object itself.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protpropertyItem(ConfigurationProperty)

Gets or sets a property or attribute of this configuration element.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protpropertyItem(String)

Gets or sets a property, attribute, or child element of this configuration element.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyLockAllAttributesExcept

Gets the collection of locked attributes.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyLockAllElementsExcept

Gets the collection of locked elements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyLockAttributes

Gets the collection of locked attributes (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyLockElements

Gets the collection of locked elements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyLockItem

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the element is locked.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protpropertyProperties

Gets the collection of properties.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertySectionInformation

Gets a SectionInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationSection object. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubpropertyValidation

Specifies the hashing algorithm that is used for validating forms authentication and view state data.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyValidationAlgorithm

Gets or sets the name of a custom algorithm that is used to validate forms authentication and view state data.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyValidationKey

Gets or sets the key that is used to validate forms authentication and view state data, or the process by which the key is generated.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_protmethodDeserializeElement(XmlReader, Boolean)

Reads XML from the configuration file.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodDeserializeSection(XmlReader)

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Reads XML from the configuration file.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodEquals(Object)

Compares the current ConfigurationElement instance to the specified object.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetHashCode()

Gets a unique value representing the current ConfigurationElement instance.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodGetRuntimeObject()

Returns a custom object when overridden in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodInit()

Sets the ConfigurationElement object to its initial state.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodInitializeDefault()

Used to initialize a default set of values for the ConfigurationElement object.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodIsModified()

Indicates whether this configuration element has been modified since it was last saved or loaded when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodIsReadOnly()

Gets a value indicating whether the ConfigurationElement object is read-only.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodReset(ConfigurationElement)

Resets the internal state of the ConfigurationElement object, including the locks and the properties collections.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodResetModified()

Resets the value of the IsModified method to false when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethodSerializeElement(XmlWriter, Boolean)

Writes the contents of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodSerializeSection(ConfigurationElement, String, ConfigurationSaveMode)

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Creates an XML string containing an unmerged view of the ConfigurationSection object as a single section to write to a file.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethodSerializeToXmlElement(XmlWriter, String)

Writes the outer tags of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodSetReadOnly()

Sets the IsReadOnly property for the ConfigurationElement object and all subelements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethodShouldSerializeElementInTargetVersion(ConfigurationElement, String, FrameworkName)

Indicates whether the specified element should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethodShouldSerializePropertyInTargetVersion(ConfigurationProperty, String, FrameworkName, ConfigurationElement)

Indicates whether the specified property should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethodShouldSerializeSectionInTargetVersion(FrameworkName)

Indicates whether the current ConfigurationSection instance should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethodUnmerge(ConfigurationElement, ConfigurationElement, ConfigurationSaveMode)

Modifies the ConfigurationElement object to remove all values that should not be saved. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

The MachineKeySection class provides a way to programmatically access and modify the content of the MachineKey section in the configuration file. The MachineKey section can be configured at the machine (Machine.config) or application (Web.config) level and controls the keys and algorithms that are used for Windows Forms authentication, view-state validation, and session-state application isolation. For any of these features to work across a network of Web servers (a Web farm), the DecryptionKey and ValidationKey attributes of the MachineKey section must be configured explicitly and identically with valid key values. The AutoGenerate value does not work for Web farms, because it relies on a cryptographically random secret, which is persisted using machine-local protection and will not be the same across more than one computer.

Notes to Implementers:

If you to specify keys in this configuration section, as is required in Web-farm scenarios, it is recommended that you encrypt this section by using protected configuration.

The example in this section demonstrates how to specify values declaratively for several attributes of the section, which can also be accessed as members of the MachineKeySection class.

The following example from a configuration file shows how to specify values declaratively for the section.

<system.web>
  <machineKey validationKey="AutoGenerate,IsolateApps" 
    decryptionKey="AutoGenerate,IsolateApps" 
    validation="SHA1"/>
</system.web>

The following example demonstrates how to use the MachineKeySection class in code.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0

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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