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Hello, I've used the code provided on the S/Mime Tutorial page, but when I tried running the code, it gives me the following exception:

The signer's certificate is not intended for signing data.
A first chance exception of type 'System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException' occurred in Rebex.Common.dll
   at Rebex.Security.Cryptography.Pkcs.SignerInfo.Sign(SignatureOptions options)
   at Rebex.Security.Cryptography.Pkcs.SignedData.Sign(SignatureOptions options)
   at Rebex.Mime.MimeEntity.Sign()
   at Rebex.Mail.MailMessage.Sign(SignatureHashAlgorithm algorithm, MailSignatureStyle style, Certificate[] signers)
   at Rebex.Mail.MailMessage.Sign(Certificate[] signers)

Here is the code:

        // load the certificates
        Rebex.Security.Certificates.Certificate signer = Rebex.Security.Certificates.Certificate.LoadPfx(@"c:\Users\a\Desktop\senderCert.pfx", "a");
        Rebex.Security.Certificates.Certificate recipient = Rebex.Security.Certificates.Certificate.LoadPfx(@"c:\Users\a\Desktop\receiverCert.pfx", "b");

        // create an instance of MailMessage
        Rebex.Mail.MailMessage message = new Rebex.Mail.MailMessage();

        // set its properties to desired values
        message.From = "something@gmail.com";
        message.To = "something@gmail.com";
        message.Subject = "This is a simple message";
        message.BodyText = "Hello, Joe!";
        message.BodyHtml = "Hello, <b>Joe</b>!";


The certificates I have are self-signed, and I've used them for email encryption/decryption and it worked just fine. I also added them to the Certificate Store and they're valid, and it doesn't seem to help.

Applies to: Rebex Secure Mail

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Ah, I already found the solution. It seems like when I was creating the certificate, I should've set the ExtendedKeyUsage's KeyPurposeID to AnyExtendedKeyUsage. That way, the certificate was meant for any purpose, including signing, and not just authentication like it was set beforehand.

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Hello, this makes sense. Thank you for your question and response.