Dkim VB.NET Reference Documentation

Dkim

Current Version: 9.5.0.75

DomainKeys API for creating and verifying DKIM-Signature and DomainKey-Signature MIME (email) header fields. This API is included with the "Chilkat MIME" license. ("Chilkat MIME" may be referred to as "Chilkat S/MIME" on some chilkatsoft.com web pages. They are the same product.)

Object Creation

Dim obj As New Chilkat.Dkim()

Properties

AbortCurrent
AbortCurrent As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.58

When set to True, causes the currently running method to abort. Methods that always finish quickly (i.e.have no length file operations or network communications) are not affected. If no method is running, then this property is automatically reset to False when the next method is called. When the abort occurs, this property is reset to False. Both synchronous and asynchronous method calls can be aborted. (A synchronous method call could be aborted by setting this property from a separate thread.)

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DebugLogFilePath
DebugLogFilePath As String

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

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DkimAlg
DkimAlg As String

The signing algorithm to be used in creating the DKIM-Signature. Possible values are "rsa-sha256" and "rsa-sha1". The default value is "rsa-sha256".

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DkimBodyLengthCount
DkimBodyLengthCount As Integer

Optional body length count to set a maximum number of body bytes to be hashed when creating the DKIM-Signature field. The default value is 0, indicating that the entire body should be hashed.

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DkimCanon
DkimCanon As String

Canonicalization algorithm to be used for both header and body when creating the DKIM-Signature. Possible values are "simple" and "relaxed". The default value is "relaxed".

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DkimDomain
DkimDomain As String

The domain name of the signing domain when creating the DKIM-Signature.

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DkimHeaders
DkimHeaders As String

A colon-separated list of header field names that identify headers presented to the signing algorithm when creating the DKIM-Signature. The default value is: "mime-version:date:message-id:subject:from:to:content-type".

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DkimSelector
DkimSelector As String

The selector to be used to form the DNS query for the public key. This property applies to creating a DKIM-Signature. For example, if the selector is "reykjavik" and the domain is "example-code.com", then the DNS query would be for "reykjavik._domainkey.example-code.com".

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DomainKeyAlg
DomainKeyAlg As String

The signing algorithm to be used in creating the DomainKey-Signature. The only possible value is "rsa-sha1". The default value is "rsa-sha1".

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DomainKeyCanon
DomainKeyCanon As String

Canonicalization algorithm to be used for when creating the DomainKey-Signature. Possible values are "simple" and "nofws". The default value is "nofws".

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DomainKeyDomain
DomainKeyDomain As String

The domain name of the signing domain when creating the DomainKey-Signature.

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DomainKeyHeaders
DomainKeyHeaders As String

A colon-separated list of header field names that identify headers presented to the signing algorithm when creating the DomainKey-Signature. The default value is: "mime-version:date:message-id:subject:from:to:content-type".

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DomainKeySelector
DomainKeySelector As String

The selector to be used to form the DNS query for the public key. This property applies to creating a DomainKey-Signature. For example, if the selector is "reykjavik" and the domain is "example-code.com", then the DNS query would be for "reykjavik._domainkey.example-code.com".

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HeartbeatMs
HeartbeatMs As Integer

The number of milliseconds between each AbortCheck event callback. The AbortCheck callback allows an application to abort any method call prior to completion. If HeartbeatMs is 0 (the default), no AbortCheck event callbacks will fire.

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LastErrorHtml
LastErrorHtml As String (ReadOnly)

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorText
LastErrorText As String (ReadOnly)

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastErrorXml
LastErrorXml As String (ReadOnly)

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

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LastMethodSuccess
LastMethodSuccess As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of True indicates success, a value of False indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = True and failure = False.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to True. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

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VerboseLogging
VerboseLogging As Boolean

If set to True, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is False. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

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Version
Version As String (ReadOnly)

Version of the component/library, such as "9.5.0.63"

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Methods

DkimSign
Function DkimSign(ByVal mimeData As BinData) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Constructs and prepends a DKIM-Signature header to the MIME passed in mimeData. Prior to calling this method, your program must set both the DkimDomain and DkimSelector properties, and it must load a private key by calling SetDkimPrivateKey.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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DkimVerify
Function DkimVerify(ByVal sigIndex As Integer, ByVal mimeData As BinData) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Verifies the Nth DKIM-Signature header in the mimeData. (In most cases, there is only one signature.) The 1st signature is at sigIndex 0.

Important: Many anti-virus programs, such as AVG, will modify the MIME of an email as it is received. This will cause DKIM signature verification to fail because the body of the MIME is modified.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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DomainKeySign
Function DomainKeySign(ByVal mimeData As BinData) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Constructs and prepends a DomainKey-Signature header to the MIME passed in mimeData. Prior to calling this method, your program must set both the DomainKeyDomain and DomainKeySelector properties, and it must load a private key by calling SetDomainKeyPrivateKey.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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DomainKeyVerify
Function DomainKeyVerify(ByVal sigIndex As Integer, ByVal mimeData As BinData) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Verifies the Nth DomainKey-Signature header in the mimeData. (In most cases, there is only one signature.) The 1st signature is at sigIndex 0.

Important: Many anti-virus programs, such as AVG, will modify the MIME of an email as it is received. This will cause DomainKey signature verification to fail because the body of the MIME is modified.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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LoadPublicKey
Function LoadPublicKey(ByVal selector As String, ByVal domain As String, ByVal publicKey As String) As Boolean

Caches a public key to be used for verifying DKIM and DomainKey signatures for a given selector and domain. The publicKey is a string containing an RSA public key in any text format, such as XML, PEM, etc. This method will automatically detect the format and load the public key correctly. This method is useful for testing DKIM and DomainKey verification when your public key has not yet been installed in DNS.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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LoadPublicKeyFile
Function LoadPublicKeyFile(ByVal selector As String, ByVal domain As String, ByVal publicKeyFilepath As String) As Boolean

Caches a public key to be used for verifying DKIM and DomainKey signatures for a given selector and domain. The publicKeyFilepath is a filepath of an RSA public key in any format. This method will automatically detect the format and load the public key correctly. This method is useful for testing DKIM and DomainKey verification when your public key has not yet been installed in DNS.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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NumDkimSignatures
Function NumDkimSignatures(ByVal mimeData As Byte()) As Integer

Returns the number of DKIM-Signature header fields found in mimeData.

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NumDomainKeySignatures
Function NumDomainKeySignatures(ByVal mimeData As Byte()) As Integer

Returns the number of DomainKey-Signature header fields found in mimeData.

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PrefetchPublicKey
Function PrefetchPublicKey(ByVal selector As String, ByVal domain As String) As Boolean

Useful if your application is going to verify many emails from a single domain (or a few domains). This eliminates the need to do a DNS lookup to fetch the public key each time an email's DKIM or DomainKey signature is verified.

This method may be called multiple times -- once for each selector/domain to be pre-fetched. The verify methods (VerifyDkimSignature and VerifyDomainKeySignature) will use a pre-fetched key if the selector and domain match.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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PrefetchPublicKeyAsync (1)
Function PrefetchPublicKeyAsync(ByVal selector As String, ByVal domain As String) As Task

Creates an asynchronous task to call the PrefetchPublicKey method with the arguments provided. (Async methods are available starting in Chilkat v9.5.0.52.)

Note: Async method event callbacks happen in the background thread. Accessing and updating UI elements existing in the main thread may require special considerations.

Returns Nothing on failure

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SaveLastError
Function SaveLastError(ByVal path As String) As Boolean

Saves the last-error information (the contents of LastErrorXml) to an XML formatted file.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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SetDkimPrivateKey
Function SetDkimPrivateKey(ByVal privateKey As PrivateKey) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Sets the private key file to be used for creating a DKIM-Signature.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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SetDomainKeyPrivateKey
Function SetDomainKeyPrivateKey(ByVal privateKey As PrivateKey) As Boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.71

Sets the private key file to be used for creating a DomainKey-Signature.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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UnlockComponent
Function UnlockComponent(ByVal unlockCode As String) As Boolean

Unlocks the component allowing for the full functionality to be used. If this method unexpectedly returns False, examine the contents of the LastErrorText property to determine the reason for failure.

Returns True for success, False for failure.

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Events

AbortCheck
Event OnAbortCheck

Provides the opportunity for a method call to be aborted. The AbortCheck event is fired periodically based on the value of the HeartbeatMs property. If HeartbeatMs is 0, then no AbortCheck events will fire. As an example, to fire 5 AbortCheck events per second, set the HeartbeatMs property equal to 200.

Args are passed using Chilkat.AbortCheckEventArgs

Event callback implementation:

Dim WithEvents dkim As Chilkat.Dkim

Private Sub dkim_OnAbortCheck(sender As Object, args As Chilkat.AbortCheckEventArgs) Handles dkim.OnAbortCheck

    ...

End Sub
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PercentDone
Event OnPercentDone

Provides the percentage completed for any method that involves network communications or time-consuming processing (assuming it is a method where a percentage completion can be measured). This event is only fired when it is possible to know a percentage completion, and when it makes sense to express the operation as a percentage completed. The pctDone argument will have a value from 1 to 100. For operations (Chilkat method calls) that complete very quickly, the number of PercentDone callbacks will vary, but the final callback should have a value of 100. For long running operations, no more than one callback per percentage point will occur (for example: 1, 2, 3, ... 98, 99, 100).

The PercentDone callback counts as an AbortCheck event. For method calls that complete quickly such that PercentDone events fire, it may be that AbortCheck events don't fire because the opportunity to abort is already provided in the PercentDone callback. For time consuming operations, where the amount of time between PercentDone callbacks are long, AbortCheck callbacks may be used to allow for the operation to be aborted in a more responsive manner.

The abort output argument provides a means for aborting the operation. Setting it to True will cause the method to abort and return a failed status (or whatever return value indicates failure).

Args are passed using Chilkat.PercentDoneEventArgs

Event callback implementation:

Dim WithEvents dkim As Chilkat.Dkim

Private Sub dkim_OnPercentDone(sender As Object, args As Chilkat.PercentDoneEventArgs) Handles dkim.OnPercentDone

    ...

End Sub
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ProgressInfo
Event OnProgressInfo

A general name/value event that provides information about what is happening during a method call. To find out what information is available, write code to handle this event and log the name/value pairs. Most are self-explanatory.

Args are passed using Chilkat.ProgressInfoEventArgs

Event callback implementation:

Dim WithEvents dkim As Chilkat.Dkim

Private Sub dkim_OnProgressInfo(sender As Object, args As Chilkat.ProgressInfoEventArgs) Handles dkim.OnProgressInfo

    ...

End Sub
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TaskCompleted
Event OnTaskCompleted

Called in the background thread when an asynchronous task completes.

More Information and Examples

Args are passed using Chilkat.TaskCompletedEventArgs

Event callback implementation:

Dim WithEvents dkim As Chilkat.Dkim

Private Sub dkim_OnTaskCompleted(sender As Object, args As Chilkat.TaskCompletedEventArgs) Handles dkim.OnTaskCompleted

    ...

End Sub
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