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Submitted by Sam Buchana
on August 24th, 2012 at 07:58:12 EST

Create Triple DES key in C# .NET

How to create Triple DES key in C# .NET? I read that tripleDES key should include parity check.

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Replied by RaKumar
on August 24th, 2012 at 08:45:19 EST
TripleDES key requires odd parity check. Here is sample code to generate TripleDES key,

public byte[] GenerateTripleDesKey()
RNGCryptoServiceProvider rng = new RNGCryptoServiceProvider();
byte[] tripleDesKey = new byte[24];
for (var i = 0; i < tripleDesKey.Length; ++i)
int keyByte = tripleDesKey[i] & 0xFE;
var parity = 0;
for (int b = keyByte; b != 0; b >>= 1)
parity ^= b & 1;
tripleDesKey[i] = (byte)(keyByte | (parity == 0 ? 1 : 0));
return tripleDesKey;
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Replied by SBajra
on August 24th, 2012 at 08:52:10 EST
One of the easiest way in .NET to generate TripleDES key is:


This returns back byte[] with TripleDES key.

By the way, .NET really does not enforce parity check so you could use any GUID with 24 characters which will make it 192 bit key. I noticed, this is true even with Java implementation of TripleDES that it does not enforce parity check and any 24 characters key will work.

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Replied by Sam Buchana
on August 24th, 2012 at 09:28:34 EST
Thanks RaKumar and SBajra.

After looking into both options. I think the solution provided by RaKumar is more robust and follow TripleDES specification and maintain ODD parity.

When I used .NET built-in TripleDES key generator:


It is not generating ODD parity. Seems like Microsoft implementation does not care of ODD partiy in TripleDES key.

So, I chose to use manual algorithm provided by RaKumar.