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SecureString.MakeReadOnly Method

Makes the text value of this secure string read-only.

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

public void MakeReadOnly ()
public void MakeReadOnly ()
public function MakeReadOnly ()
Not applicable.

Exception typeCondition


This secure string has already been disposed.

Initialize the text value of an instance of the SecureString class with the SecureString constructors, and modify the value with the Clear, RemoveAt, SetAt, InsertAt, and AppendChar methods.

After you have made your final modifications, use the MakeReadOnly method to make the value of the instance immutable (read-only). After the value is marked as read-only, any further attempt to modify it throws an InvalidOperationException.

The effect of invoking MakeReadOnly is permanent because no means is provided to make the secure string modifiable again. Use the IsReadOnly method to test whether an instance of SecureString is read-only.

The following code example demonstrates how the AppendChar and RemoveAt methods can be used to collect the characters in a password. After the password is collected, it is made read-only.

// This example demonstrates using the AppendChar and RemoveAt 
// methods to collect a password.

using System;
using System.Security;

class Sample 
    public static void Main() 
    ConsoleKeyInfo cki;
    String m1 = "(This example simulates entering a password. " +
                "Do not enter an actual password.)\n";
    String m2 = "Enter your password (up to 15 letters, numbers, and underscores)\n" +
                "Press BACKSPACE to delete the last character entered. \nPress ESCAPE to quit:";
    SecureString password = new SecureString();
    int top, left;

// The Console.TreatControlCAsInput property prevents this example from
// ending if you press CTL+C, however all other operating system keys and 
// shortcuts, such as ALT+TAB or the Windows Logo key, are still in effect. 
// Each input character is assumed to occupy one screen column.

    Console.TreatControlCAsInput = true;


    top  = Console.CursorTop;
    left = Console.CursorLeft;

// Read user input from the console. Store up to 15 letter, digit, or underscore
// characters in a SecureString object, or delete a character if the user enters 
// a backspace. Display an asterisk (*) on the console to represent each character 
// that is stored.

    while (true)
        cki = Console.ReadKey(true);
        if (cki.Key == ConsoleKey.Escape) break;
        if (cki.Key == ConsoleKey.Backspace)
            if (password.Length > 0) 
                Console.SetCursorPosition(left+password.Length-1, top);
                Console.Write(' ');
                Console.SetCursorPosition(left+password.Length-1, top);
            if ((password.Length < 15) && 
                (Char.IsLetterOrDigit(cki.KeyChar) || cki.KeyChar == '_'))
                Console.SetCursorPosition(left+password.Length-1, top);

// Make the password read-only to prevent it from being modified after it has 
// been collected. 

This example produces results similar to the following text:

(This example simulates entering a password. Do not enter an actual password.)

Enter your password (up to 15 letters, numbers, and underscores)
Press BACKSPACE to delete the last character entered.
Press ESCAPE to quit:


Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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