FileServer constructor in the Windows CE generates Cryptographic exception.

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asked Apr 22, 2015 by mike96 (130 points)
retagged Jun 17, 2015 by Tomas Knopp

For the Windows CE application I use Rebex.FileServer.dll for the CF3.5. Version 1.0.5584.0.
Followed line of code:

m_fsServer = new FileServer();

generates exceptions:

A first chance exception of type 'System.IO.IOException' occurred in mscorlib.dll
A first chance exception of type 'System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException' occurred in Rebex.Common.dll
An unhandled exception of type 'System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException' occurred in Rebex.Common.dll

Additional information: Unable to acquire DSA CSP context (-2146893799).

What I can do?
Thanks.

Applies to: File Server

1 Answer

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answered Apr 23, 2015 by Lukas Pokorny (124,570 points)
edited Jan 12, 2016 by Lukas Pokorny

Update: Rebex File Server 2016 R1 adds workaround for Windows CE with missing Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider - managed and slow implementation of Diffie-Hellman is used in this case. however, please note that this may be too slow in many scenarios.


Rebex File Server uses Diffie-Hellman algorithm when negotiating a secure SSH session. However, the exception indicates that your Windows CE device lacks "Microsoft Enhanced DSS and Diffie-Hellman Cryptographic Provider" CSP provider we use for Diffie-Hellman calculations.

The most common reason for the missing CSP provider is a mistake while creating the OS image - not checking the appropriate checkbox in Windows CE Platform Builder will result in an OS with missing DSS and DH provider support.

To check whether this is indeed the case, check the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\Security\Crypto\Defaults\Provider" registry key to see the list of installed CSP providers. (Use PHM Registry Editor if the system lacks a registry editor.)

Unfortunately, the only solution to this is to install an updated OS image that contains the DSS and DH CSP provider.

Although we have a .NET-only implementation of Diffie-Hellman algorithm as well, it's too slow in low-power Windows CE devices because Diffie-Hellman calculation are very CPU-intensive.

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