FIX: Error message if you use the "CspParameters" class to programmatically set a password in an application that is built on the .NET Framework 2.0: "Incorrect PIN"

In an application that is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, you use the RSA algorithm to encrypt a key that is stored in a smart card. If you use the CspParameters class to programmatically set a password in the application, you receive the following error message:
Incorrect PIN
A function of the RSACryptoServiceProvider class marshals the PIN string, and the PIN string is interpreted as a Unicode string. However, the operating system expects to receive an ANSI string.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only 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 .NET Framework 2.0 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer 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 2.0 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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 item in Control Panel.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Normidna.nlpNot applicable59,34201-Sep-200703:30Not applicable
Normnfc.nlpNot applicable45,79401-Sep-200703:30Not applicable
Normnfd.nlpNot applicable39,28401-Sep-200703:30Not applicable
Normnfkc.nlpNot applicable66,38401-Sep-200703:30Not applicable
Normnfkd.nlpNot applicable60,29401-Sep-200703:30Not applicable
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the CspParameters class, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:For more information about the RSACryptoServiceProvider class, visit the following MSDN Web site:For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 942084 - Last Review: 10/08/2011 13:48:00 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

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