ProtectedData.Protect(Byte[], Byte[], DataProtectionScope) ProtectedData.Protect(Byte[], Byte[], DataProtectionScope) ProtectedData.Protect(Byte[], Byte[], DataProtectionScope) ProtectedData.Protect(Byte[], Byte[], DataProtectionScope) Method

Definition

Encrypts the data in a specified byte array and returns a byte array that contains the encrypted data.

public:
 static cli::array <System::Byte> ^ Protect(cli::array <System::Byte> ^ userData, cli::array <System::Byte> ^ optionalEntropy, System::Security::Cryptography::DataProtectionScope scope);
public static byte[] Protect (byte[] userData, byte[] optionalEntropy, System.Security.Cryptography.DataProtectionScope scope);
static member Protect : byte[] * byte[] * System.Security.Cryptography.DataProtectionScope -> byte[]
Public Shared Function Protect (userData As Byte(), optionalEntropy As Byte(), scope As DataProtectionScope) As Byte()
Parameters
userData
Byte[]

A byte array that contains data to encrypt.

optionalEntropy
Byte[]

An optional additional byte array used to increase the complexity of the encryption, or null for no additional complexity.

scope
DataProtectionScope DataProtectionScope DataProtectionScope DataProtectionScope

One of the enumeration values that specifies the scope of encryption.

Returns
Byte[]

A byte array representing the encrypted data.

Exceptions

The operating system does not support this method.

The system ran out of memory while encrypting the data.

Examples

The following example shows how to use data protection.

#using <System.Security.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;

public ref class DataProtectionSample
{
private:

   // Create byte array for additional entropy when using Protect method.
   static array<Byte>^s_aditionalEntropy = {9,8,7,6,5};

public:
   static void Main()
   {
      
      // Create a simple byte array containing data to be encrypted.
      array<Byte>^secret = {0,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4};
      
      //Encrypt the data.
      array<Byte>^encryptedSecret = Protect( secret );
      Console::WriteLine( "The encrypted byte array is:" );
      PrintValues( encryptedSecret );
      
      // Decrypt the data and store in a byte array.
      array<Byte>^originalData = Unprotect( encryptedSecret );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}The original data is:", Environment::NewLine );
      PrintValues( originalData );
   }

   static array<Byte>^ Protect( array<Byte>^data )
   {
      try
      {
         
         // Encrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser. The result can be decrypted
         //  only by the same current user.
         return ProtectedData::Protect( data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope::CurrentUser );
      }
      catch ( CryptographicException^ e ) 
      {
         Console::WriteLine( "Data was not encrypted. An error occurred." );
         Console::WriteLine( e );
         return nullptr;
      }
   }

   static array<Byte>^ Unprotect( array<Byte>^data )
   {
      try
      {
         
         //Decrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser.
         return ProtectedData::Unprotect( data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope::CurrentUser );
      }
      catch ( CryptographicException^ e ) 
      {
         Console::WriteLine( "Data was not decrypted. An error occurred." );
         Console::WriteLine( e );
         return nullptr;
      }
   }

   static void PrintValues( array<Byte>^myArr )
   {
      System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = myArr->GetEnumerator();
      while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
      {
         Byte i = safe_cast<Byte>(myEnum->Current);
         Console::Write( "\t{0}", i );
      }

      Console::WriteLine();
   }
};

int main()
{
   DataProtectionSample::Main();
}
using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

public class DataProtectionSample
{
// Create byte array for additional entropy when using Protect method.
	static byte [] s_aditionalEntropy = { 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 };

	public static void Main()
	{
// Create a simple byte array containing data to be encrypted.
		
byte [] secret = { 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 };

//Encrypt the data.
		byte [] encryptedSecret = Protect( secret );
		Console.WriteLine("The encrypted byte array is:");
		PrintValues(encryptedSecret);
		
// Decrypt the data and store in a byte array.
		byte [] originalData = Unprotect( encryptedSecret );
		Console.WriteLine("{0}The original data is:", Environment.NewLine);
		PrintValues(originalData);

	}

	public static byte [] Protect( byte [] data )
	{
		try
		{
			// Encrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser. The result can be decrypted
			//  only by the same current user.
			return ProtectedData.Protect( data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser );
		} 
		catch (CryptographicException e)
		{
			Console.WriteLine("Data was not encrypted. An error occurred.");
			Console.WriteLine(e.ToString());
			return null;
		}
	}

	public static byte [] Unprotect( byte [] data )
	{
		try
		{
			//Decrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser.
			return ProtectedData.Unprotect( data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser );
		} 
		catch (CryptographicException e)
		{
			Console.WriteLine("Data was not decrypted. An error occurred.");
			Console.WriteLine(e.ToString());
			return null;
		}
	}

	public static void PrintValues( Byte[] myArr )  
	{
	      foreach ( Byte i in myArr )  
		  	{
		         Console.Write( "\t{0}", i );
			 }
      Console.WriteLine();
	 }

}
Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography



Public Class DataProtectionSample
    ' Create byte array for additional entropy when using Protect method.
    Private Shared s_aditionalEntropy As Byte() = {9, 8, 7, 6, 5}


    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Create a simple byte array containing data to be encrypted.
        Dim secret As Byte() = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4}

        'Encrypt the data.
        Dim encryptedSecret As Byte() = Protect(secret)
        Console.WriteLine("The encrypted byte array is:")
        PrintValues(encryptedSecret)

        ' Decrypt the data and store in a byte array.
        Dim originalData As Byte() = Unprotect(encryptedSecret)
        Console.WriteLine("{0}The original data is:", Environment.NewLine)
        PrintValues(originalData)

    End Sub


    Public Shared Function Protect(ByVal data() As Byte) As Byte()
        Try
            ' Encrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser. The result can be decrypted
            '  only by the same current user.
            Return ProtectedData.Protect(data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser)
        Catch e As CryptographicException
            Console.WriteLine("Data was not encrypted. An error occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine(e.ToString())
            Return Nothing
        End Try

    End Function


    Public Shared Function Unprotect(ByVal data() As Byte) As Byte()
        Try
            'Decrypt the data using DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser.
            Return ProtectedData.Unprotect(data, s_aditionalEntropy, DataProtectionScope.CurrentUser)
        Catch e As CryptographicException
            Console.WriteLine("Data was not decrypted. An error occurred.")
            Console.WriteLine(e.ToString())
            Return Nothing
        End Try

    End Function


    Public Shared Sub PrintValues(ByVal myArr() As [Byte])
        Dim i As [Byte]
        For Each i In myArr
            Console.Write(vbTab + "{0}", i)
        Next i
        Console.WriteLine()

    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

This method can be used to encrypt data such as passwords, keys, or connection strings. The optionalEntropy parameter enables you to add data to increase the complexity of the encryption; specify null for no additional complexity. If provided, this information must also be used when decrypting the data using the Unprotect method.

Note

If you use this method during impersonation, you may receive the following error: "Key not valid for use in specified state." To prevent this error, load the profile of the user you want to impersonate before calling the method.

Security

DataProtectionPermission
with the associated ProtectData flag for permission to protect data.

Applies to