Certificate linked to custom CSP issue

John Irving 1 Reputation point


I´m developing a custom CSP (not KSP). This CSP is type 24 (Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider). All registry entries are fine.

With it i´m creating the certificate container and adding a X509 certificate on it. This certificate has the link property CERT_KEY_PROV_INFO_PROP_ID that points to my CSP, as shown:

keyProvInfo.pwszContainerName = L"CONTAINER_NAME";
keyProvInfo.pwszProvName = L"Test";
keyProvInfo.dwFlags = CRYPT_MACHINE_KEYSET;
keyProvInfo.dwProvType = PROV_RSA_AES;
keyProvInfo.cProvParam = 0;
keyProvInfo.rgProvParam = NULL;
CertSetCertificateContextProperty(certContext, CERT_KEY_PROV_INFO_PROP_ID, 0, &keyProvInfo);

Once the property is set the certificate is added to the store with "CertAddCertificateContextToStore".

Now I have my certificate installed and pointing to my CSP. In the Certificate Manager it shows that it has a private key, so I asume that the link to ths CSP is fine.

My problem is when I want to make use of that certificate. I´ve make a small main that calls "CryptSignMessage" with this certificate. The SignatureParameters I am passing to the method are:

SigParams.cbSize = sizeof(CRYPT_SIGN_MESSAGE_PARA);
SigParams.dwMsgEncodingType = MY_ENCODING_TYPE;
SigParams.pSigningCert = pCertContext;
SigParams.HashAlgorithm.pszObjId = szOID_RSA_SHA256RSA;
SigParams.HashAlgorithm.Parameters.cbData = NULL;
SigParams.cMsgCert = 1;
SigParams.rgpMsgCert = &pCertContext;
SigParams.cAuthAttr = 0;
SigParams.dwInnerContentType = 0;
SigParams.cMsgCrl = 0;
SigParams.cUnauthAttr = 0;
SigParams.dwFlags = 0;
SigParams.pvHashAuxInfo = NULL;
SigParams.rgAuthAttr = NULL;

But when I am calling to the function I have an error "(0xc0000225)" and in the event viewer, in NCRYPT I see the following error:

  • <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  • <System>
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Crypto-NCrypt" Guid="{e8ed09dc-100c-45e2-9fc8-b53399ec1f70}" />
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2022-03-15T11:10:13.7592746Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="9416" ThreadID="21696" />
    <Security UserID="S-1-5-21-446980434-1216074887-3660355350-1396" />
  • <EventData>
    <Data Name="ProviderName">Test</Data>
    <Data Name="Status">0xc0000225</Data>
    <Data Name="ProcessName">testCsp.exe</Data>

Why is the reason of this error?

If in the SignatureParams I have "SigParams.HashAlgorithm.pszObjId = szOID_RSA_SHA1RSA" the CSP is called, but with SHA256 it isn´t. I need to hash in SHA256 and if I do the signature process with SHA1 all my CSP stuff is done and returns TRUE, but CryptSignMessage returns me FALSE to the main application (I supose is because the algorithm I am using internally).

Thanks everyone!

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  1. John Irving 1 Reputation point

    Another clue. If I try to sign with my certificate with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word I see the same error in the event viewer

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  2. Xiaopo Yang - MSFT 11,506 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    I call CryptSignMessage successfully with the certificate context created by MakeAndExportACert. Perhaps your key provider has some problem. Besides, There is a sample which uses MS_KEY_STORAGE_PROVIDER

    Thank you.

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  3. John Irving 1 Reputation point


    First of all thanks for the reply @Xiaopo Yang - MSFT

    I have been trying code from the links you put in your answer below and no positive result. The problem is always the same when I try to make use of my cert when signing a Word document.

    If I recover my cert the CERT_KEY_PROV_INFO_PROP_ID is the one that I set when I installed the X509 in the store.


    pKeyProvInfo->pwszProvName = MY_PROVIDER_NAME

    I get the certificate from a WS, I set the CERT_KEY_PROV_INFO_PROP_ID, the CERT_FRIENDLY_NAME_PROP_ID and I call the CertAddCertificateContextToStore ("MY" Store). A little pice of code of my process:

    memset(&keyProvInfo, 0, sizeof(CRYPT_KEY_PROV_INFO));
    keyProvInfo.pwszContainerName = contName;
    keyProvInfo.pwszProvName = cspName;
    keyProvInfo.dwProvType = PROV_RSA_AES;
    keyProvInfo.dwKeySpec = AT_SIGNATURE;
    & keyProvInfo);

    0, (LPVOID)&cryptBlob);

    hMemStore, // Store handle
    certContext, // Pointer to a certificate

    As I said, when I try to use that certificate the error I posted is shown in event viewer

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  4. John Irving 1 Reputation point

    Other thing I missed in my description. If I use the Crypto functions like "CryptAcquireContext", etc. pointing to my Provider it works, but when I try to use the Provider linked to the certificate it fails.