X509Certificate2.PrivateKey X509Certificate2.PrivateKey X509Certificate2.PrivateKey X509Certificate2.PrivateKey Property

Definition

Gets or sets the AsymmetricAlgorithm object that represents the private key associated with a certificate.

public:
 property System::Security::Cryptography::AsymmetricAlgorithm ^ PrivateKey { System::Security::Cryptography::AsymmetricAlgorithm ^ get(); void set(System::Security::Cryptography::AsymmetricAlgorithm ^ value); };
public System.Security.Cryptography.AsymmetricAlgorithm PrivateKey { get; set; }
member this.PrivateKey : System.Security.Cryptography.AsymmetricAlgorithm with get, set
Public Property PrivateKey As AsymmetricAlgorithm

Property Value

An AsymmetricAlgorithm object, which is either an RSA or DSA cryptographic service provider.

Exceptions

The key value is not an RSA or DSA key, or the key is unreadable.

The key algorithm for this private key is not supported.

The cryptographic service provider key is null.

Examples

The following code example opens the current user certificate store, selects only active certificates, then allows the user to select one or more certificates. The example then writes certificate information to the console.

#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Security.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates;
int main()
{
   try
   {
      X509Store ^ store = gcnew X509Store( "MY",StoreLocation::CurrentUser );
      store->Open( static_cast<OpenFlags>(OpenFlags::ReadOnly | OpenFlags::OpenExistingOnly) );
      X509Certificate2Collection ^ collection = dynamic_cast<X509Certificate2Collection^>(store->Certificates);
      X509Certificate2Collection ^ fcollection = dynamic_cast<X509Certificate2Collection^>(collection->Find( X509FindType::FindByTimeValid, DateTime::Now, false ));
      X509Certificate2Collection ^ scollection = X509Certificate2UI::SelectFromCollection(fcollection, "Test Certificate Select","Select a certificate from the following list to get information on that certificate",X509SelectionFlag::MultiSelection);
      Console::WriteLine( "Number of certificates: {0}{1}", scollection->Count, Environment::NewLine );
      System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = scollection->GetEnumerator();
      while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
      {
         X509Certificate2 ^ x509 = safe_cast<X509Certificate2 ^>(myEnum->Current);
         array<Byte>^rawdata = x509->RawData;
         Console::WriteLine( "Content Type: {0}{1}", X509Certificate2::GetCertContentType( rawdata ), Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Friendly Name: {0}{1}", x509->FriendlyName, Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Certificate Verified?: {0}{1}", x509->Verify(), Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Simple Name: {0}{1}", x509->GetNameInfo( X509NameType::SimpleName, true ), Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Signature Algorithm: {0}{1}", x509->SignatureAlgorithm->FriendlyName, Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Private Key: {0}{1}", x509->PrivateKey->ToXmlString( false ), Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Public Key: {0}{1}", x509->PublicKey->Key->ToXmlString( false ), Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Certificate Archived?: {0}{1}", x509->Archived, Environment::NewLine );
         Console::WriteLine( "Length of Raw Data: {0}{1}", x509->RawData->Length, Environment::NewLine );
         x509->Reset();
      }
      store->Close();
   }
   catch ( CryptographicException^ ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Information could not be written out for this certificate." );
   }

}

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.IO;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;

class CertSelect
{
    static void Main()
    {
        X509Store store = new X509Store("MY",StoreLocation.CurrentUser);
        store.Open(OpenFlags.ReadOnly | OpenFlags.OpenExistingOnly);

        X509Certificate2Collection collection = (X509Certificate2Collection)store.Certificates;
        X509Certificate2Collection fcollection = (X509Certificate2Collection)collection.Find(X509FindType.FindByTimeValid,DateTime.Now,false);
        X509Certificate2Collection scollection = X509Certificate2UI.SelectFromCollection(fcollection, "Test Certificate Select","Select a certificate from the following list to get information on that certificate",X509SelectionFlag.MultiSelection);
        Console.WriteLine("Number of certificates: {0}{1}",scollection.Count,Environment.NewLine);

        foreach (X509Certificate2 x509 in scollection)
        {
            try
            {
                byte[] rawdata = x509.RawData;
                Console.WriteLine("Content Type: {0}{1}",X509Certificate2.GetCertContentType(rawdata),Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Friendly Name: {0}{1}",x509.FriendlyName,Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Certificate Verified?: {0}{1}",x509.Verify(),Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Simple Name: {0}{1}",x509.GetNameInfo(X509NameType.SimpleName,true),Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Signature Algorithm: {0}{1}",x509.SignatureAlgorithm.FriendlyName,Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Private Key: {0}{1}",x509.PrivateKey.ToXmlString(false),Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Public Key: {0}{1}",x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(false),Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Certificate Archived?: {0}{1}",x509.Archived,Environment.NewLine);
                Console.WriteLine("Length of Raw Data: {0}{1}",x509.RawData.Length,Environment.NewLine);
                X509Certificate2UI.DisplayCertificate(x509);
                x509.Reset();
            }
            catch (CryptographicException)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Information could not be written out for this certificate.");
            }
        }
        store.Close();
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Security.Permissions
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates

Class CertSelect

    Shared Sub Main()

        Dim store As New X509Store("MY", StoreLocation.CurrentUser)
        store.Open(OpenFlags.ReadOnly Or OpenFlags.OpenExistingOnly)

        Dim collection As X509Certificate2Collection = CType(store.Certificates, X509Certificate2Collection)
        Dim fcollection As X509Certificate2Collection = CType(collection.Find(X509FindType.FindByTimeValid, DateTime.Now, False), X509Certificate2Collection)
        Dim scollection As X509Certificate2Collection = X509Certificate2UI.SelectFromCollection(fcollection, "Test Certificate Select", "Select a certificate from the following list to get information on that certificate", X509SelectionFlag.MultiSelection)
        Console.WriteLine("Number of certificates: {0}{1}", scollection.Count, Environment.NewLine)
         
        For Each x509 As X509Certificate2 In scollection
            Try
                Dim rawdata As Byte() = x509.RawData
                Console.WriteLine("Content Type: {0}{1}", X509Certificate2.GetCertContentType(rawdata), Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Friendly Name: {0}{1}", x509.FriendlyName, Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Certificate Verified?: {0}{1}", x509.Verify(), Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Simple Name: {0}{1}", x509.GetNameInfo(X509NameType.SimpleName, True), Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Signature Algorithm: {0}{1}", x509.SignatureAlgorithm.FriendlyName, Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Private Key: {0}{1}", x509.PrivateKey.ToXmlString(False), Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Public Key: {0}{1}", x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(False), Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Certificate Archived?: {0}{1}", x509.Archived, Environment.NewLine)
                Console.WriteLine("Length of Raw Data: {0}{1}", x509.RawData.Length, Environment.NewLine)
                X509Certificate2UI.DisplayCertificate(x509)
                x509.Reset()         
             Catch cExcept As CryptographicException
                 Console.WriteLine("Information could not be written out for this certificate.")
             End Try
        Next x509

        store.Close()
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

Currently this property supports only RSA or DSA keys, so it returns either an RSACryptoServiceProvider or a DSACryptoServiceProvider object. If no private key is associated with the certificate, it returns null.

Warning

If you set this property to null or to another key without first deleting it, a private key file is left on the disk.

To properly delete the private key associated with this property, set PersistKeyInCsp to false, and then call the Clear method.

Applies to