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RSACryptoProvider class problem when called from within a web service

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I have a web service that creates an instance of the System.Security.Cryptography.RSACryptoProvider class.  When I deploy this service to an IIS6.0 server and execute it under an app pool whose identity is set to a machine specific user (which was added to the IIS_WPG group), I cannot execute the method ToXMLString().  I am getting a "The system cannot find the file specified" error.

When I point my test project's web reference to the web service in my VS 2008 solution, I have no problems. When I point my test project's web reference to the web service deployed on my local machine's IIS 5.1, again I have no problems.

I suspect a permissions issue is the most likely cause.  However, I cannot determine where or why a file is attempting to be referenced when I call the ToXMLString() method - so I don't know what, if any, permissions need to be modified.  

I am not persisting the keys into a KeyContainer - I simply generate a random key pair (by instantiating the RSACryptoProvider class) and then am trying to save the Public Key into a local variable.  In addition, when I examine the CspKeyContainerInfo class at run time after the RSACryptoProvider object has been created, nothing seems unusual (for example, Accessible = true, Exportable = true, MachineKeyStore = false ).

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Tom Isacson

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Text;    
  public class RSAProvider : AsymmetricBase
        private RSACryptoServiceProvider _rsa;
        private string _privatekey;
        private string _publickey;
        private int _keyid;
        public RSAProvider()
        public override void GenerateKey()
                _rsa = new RSACryptoServiceProvider();
                this._privatekey = _rsa.ToXmlString(true);
                this._publickey = _rsa.ToXmlString(false);
                this._keyid = -1;
            catch (Exception e)
                StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
                sb.AppendLine("Error in GenerateKey() method.");
                sb.AppendLine("Inner Message:");
                throw new ApplicationException(sb.ToString(), e);
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