how to encrypt query string parameters in ?


Here are some few steps do encryption of “query string” in

Step1. Create one class file in app_Code .

Step2: Keep this Code in that class

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;

using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Text;
using System.Web;

/// <summary>
/// Summary description for QueryStringModule
/// </summary>
public class QueryStringModule : IHttpModule
//  private ILog m_Logger = LogManager.GetLogger(typeof(QueryStringModule));
#region IHttpModule Members

public void Dispose()
// Nothing to dispose

public void Init(HttpApplication context)
context.BeginRequest += new EventHandler(context_BeginRequest);


private const string PARAMETER_NAME = “enc=”;
private const string ENCRYPTION_KEY = “key”;

void context_BeginRequest(object sender, EventArgs e)
HttpContext context = HttpContext.Current;
string query = string.Empty;
string path = string.Empty;

if (context.Request.Url.OriginalString.Contains(“aspx”) && context.Request.RawUrl.Contains(“?”))
query = ExtractQuery(context.Request.RawUrl);
path = GetVirtualPath();

if (query.StartsWith(PARAMETER_NAME, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
// Decrypts the query string and rewrites the path.
string rawQuery = query.Replace(PARAMETER_NAME, string.Empty);
string decryptedQuery = Decrypt(rawQuery);
context.RewritePath(path, string.Empty, decryptedQuery);
else if (context.Request.HttpMethod == “GET”)
// Encrypt the query string and redirects to the encrypted URL.
// Remove if you don’t want all query strings to be encrypted automatically.
string encryptedQuery = Encrypt(query);
context.Response.Redirect(path + encryptedQuery, false);
catch (Exception ex)
// m_Logger.Error(“An error occurred while parsing the query string in the URL: ” + path, ex);


/// <summary>
/// Parses the current URL and extracts the virtual path without query string.
/// </summary>
/// <returns>The virtual path of the current URL.</returns>
private static string GetVirtualPath()
string path = HttpContext.Current.Request.RawUrl;
path = path.Substring(0, path.IndexOf(“?”));
path = path.Substring(path.LastIndexOf(“/”) + 1);
return path;

/// <summary>
/// Parses a URL and returns the query string.
/// </summary>
/// <param name=”url”>The URL to parse.</param>
/// <returns>The query string without the question mark.</returns>
private static string ExtractQuery(string url)
int index = url.IndexOf(“?”) + 1;
return url.Substring(index);

#region Encryption/decryption

/// <summary>
/// The salt value used to strengthen the encryption.
/// </summary>
private readonly static byte[] SALT = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(ENCRYPTION_KEY.Length.ToString());

/// <summary>
/// Encrypts any string using the Rijndael algorithm.
/// </summary>
/// <param name=”inputText”>The string to encrypt.</param>
/// <returns>A Base64 encrypted string.</returns>
private static string Encrypt(string inputText)
RijndaelManaged rijndaelCipher = new RijndaelManaged();
byte[] plainText = Encoding.Unicode.GetBytes(inputText);
PasswordDeriveBytes SecretKey = new PasswordDeriveBytes(ENCRYPTION_KEY, SALT);

using (ICryptoTransform encryptor = rijndaelCipher.CreateEncryptor(SecretKey.GetBytes(32), SecretKey.GetBytes(16)))
using (MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream())
using (CryptoStream cryptoStream = new CryptoStream(memoryStream, encryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Write))
cryptoStream.Write(plainText, 0, plainText.Length);
return “?” + PARAMETER_NAME + Convert.ToBase64String(memoryStream.ToArray());

/// <summary>
/// Decrypts a previously encrypted string.
/// </summary>
/// <param name=”inputText”>The encrypted string to decrypt.</param>
/// <returns>A decrypted string.</returns>
private static string Decrypt(string inputText)
RijndaelManaged rijndaelCipher = new RijndaelManaged();

byte[] encryptedData = Convert.FromBase64String(inputText);
PasswordDeriveBytes secretKey = new PasswordDeriveBytes(ENCRYPTION_KEY, SALT);

using (ICryptoTransform decryptor = rijndaelCipher.CreateDecryptor(secretKey.GetBytes(32), secretKey.GetBytes(16)))
using (MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream(encryptedData))
using (CryptoStream cryptoStream = new CryptoStream(memoryStream, decryptor, CryptoStreamMode.Read))
byte[] plainText = new byte[encryptedData.Length];
int decryptedCount = cryptoStream.Read(plainText, 0, plainText.Length);
return Encoding.Unicode.GetString(plainText, 0, decryptedCount);



Steps 3:

Add in web config like this

<compilation debug=”true” targetFramework=”4.0″ />
<add type=”QueryStringModule ” name=”QueryStringModule “/>



Now, while passing the parameter, you will get value in encrypted form.

Like this Image

Here is no need to call that class. It is one of the easiest method to encrypt the query string.

I hope this will help to some one.


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