While writing some demos for DevWeek, i came up with a nice way to use ProtectedData.

I wanted to have some custom attributes to put on class members, and if such a attributed class gets XML-serialized those members should be encrypted using DPAPI, e.g.

    public class Config : ProtectedXmlBase
        public string ConnectionString;

        public DateTime LastLogin;

        public string DisplayName;

With the [ProtectedXml] attribute you can choose the scope of the DPAPI encryption (User or Machine) and with [ProtectedField] you can mark the fields which should be encrypted upon serialization.

This is accomplished by implementing the IXmlSerializable interface to do custom XML serialization and using ProtectedData for the encryption/decryption. Compiled wiht the November CTP of Whidbey. enjoy


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