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When you use the Microsoft .NET Framework System.Security.Cryptography.RSACryptoServiceProvider class in an application, the GC heap may become corrupted, and the application may quit unexpectedly (crash).
The GC heap becomes corrupted if you call the System.Security.Cryptography.RSACryptoServiceProvider constructor during garbage collection. This call to the constructor involves additional private method calls that are not coded correctly to interact with the garbage collector. This behavior may cause memory corruption.
Software update information
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 that contains this hotfix.
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
You must have the .NET Framework 1.1 installed to apply this software update.
You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this software update.
Software update replacement information
This software update does not replace any other software updates.
The English version of this software update has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.