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I am developing a web application that uses X509Certificate2 to get a private key from a certification file. Code snippet looks like following:
public static RSACryptoServiceProvider GetSignProviderFromPfx()
    var strFileName = "c:\cer\mycerfile.pfx";
    var strPassword = "000000";            
    X509Certificate2 pc = new X509Certificate2(strFileName, strPassword, X509KeyStorageFlags.MachineKeySet);
    var ThePivateKey = pc.PrivateKey;

    return (RSACryptoServiceProvider)ThePivateKey;

But the statement pc.Privatekey causes a System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException "Invalid provider type specified" . I'm sure the certification file has no problem, it really has a private key. And the property pc.HasPrivateKey is also return true.

The test environment is VS2013, window 7.

Anybody can help?


What I have tried:

I also tried following:

a. I debugged it in VS2013 with iis express, the problem occured.

b. I debugged it in another computer with same enviroment with mine, the problem occured too.

c. I published the application to a server with iis running on Windows Web Server 2008 R2, it worked fine.

d. I published the application to widows azure website, it also worked fine.

Therefore, I guess the code snippet has no problem. The key reason raising the exception is that there may be some problem about running environment. I checked and compared the reading/writing right on the certification file in different environment, all of them are same.

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