SymmetricAlgorithm.GenerateKey Method

When overridden in a derived class, generates a random key (Key) to use for the algorithm.

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

public abstract void GenerateKey()

In general, there is no reason to use this method, because CreateEncryptor() or CreateEncryptor(null, null) automatically generates both an initialization vector and a key. However, you may want to use the GenerateKey method to reuse a symmetric algorithm instance with a different key.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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