[Mono-list] disaster recovery when using data protection keypairs

dnapierski dnapierski at unidesk.com
Tue Dec 22 16:36:12 EST 2009

Thanks for the prompt reply, Sebastien.  I'd like to make sure I understand
what is already implemented before I explore writing my own extensions.

How does the mono implementation determine if a key file exists for a given
user?  Let's say I create a user account named 'apacheWkr' on one machine,
and mono generates a key file for that user.  Then I create a user account
named 'apacheWkr' on a different machine.  If I then copy the original
'apacheWorker's key file to the correct place (in keypairs) on the second
machine, will the mono data protection implementation find and use that key
for the 'apacheWkr' user account?

Sebastien Pouliot-2 wrote:
> You have the key(s), the (encrypted) data and the source code. If you
> backed them up correctly then you'll be able to decrypt the data.
>> Thanks in advance for any help, including links to documentation.
> There is no documentation beside the framework (monodoc or MSDN[1]) and,
> of course, the best one: source code :-)
> Sebastien
> [1]
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/system.security.cryptography.protecteddata.aspx
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