CngKey Class
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CngKey Class

Defines the core functionality for keys that are used with Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) objects.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, MayLeakOnAbort = true)]
public sealed class CngKey : IDisposable


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: MayLeakOnAbort. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

This class wraps NCrypt keys, not BCrypt keys. NCrypt is a subset of CNG that provides key storage functionality. BCrypt is a subset that provides base cryptographic services such as random number generation, hash functions, signatures, and encryption keys.


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 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

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