How to protect xml files?

Hello,

I'm trying to secure my xml files my making them read only and also if possible not to allow users to open them. Below is a code I found in the web but I can't use it with the method that I'm usimg to view my xml using VB.NET is there a way to modify the code to work with my VB.NET project?

Methos used to open xml files:
Dim dt As New DataTable()
dt.Columns.Add("Link_ID")
Dim linker As XElement = XElement.Load(Application.StartupPath + "\LinkFinal.xml")
For Each item As XElement In linker.Elements("Row")
Dim linkID As String = item.Element("Link_ID").Value
 Dim dr As DataRow = dt.NewRow()
            dr("Link_ID") = linkID
Next
 bs.DataSource = dt
        C1TrueDBGrid1.DataSource = bs
        Dim FilteredDT As DataTable

        Dim DV As New DataView(dt, SearchCriteria, Nothing, DataViewRowState.CurrentRows)
        FilteredDT = DV.ToTable
        C1TrueDBGrid1.DataSource = FilteredDT
             
Code found:
File.Open("C:\temp\Filename.xml",FileMode.Append,FileAccess.ReadWrite,FileShare.None);

Thanks,

Victor
vcharlesAsked:
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OP_ZaharinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
hi vcharles,
- you can use System.IO.FileAttributes to set the files to readonly as follows:

Dim attribute as System.IO.FileAttributes = FileAttributes.ReadOnly
File.SetAttributes(Application.StartupPath + "\LinkFinal.xml", attribute)


- more on System.IO.FileAttributes:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.io.file.setattributes.aspx

- additional samples on setting files attributes (hidden, readonly etc):
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.io.aspx
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Hawkvalley1Commented:
This is something I whipped up awhile back, I would upgrade the encryption part, but the concept is the same.
Encrypt xml.
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Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
Use:
Dim lStream As New FileStream(fileName, FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.ReadWrite, FileShare.None)
Dim doc As As New XmlDocument()
doc.Load(lStream)
Then use doc to manipulate xml data
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vcharlesAuthor Commented:
Hello,

How do you incorporate the code in part a with my code in part b, still can't figure it out.

Thanks,

Victor

a) Dim lStream As New IO.FileStream(fileName, IO.FileMode.OpenOrCreate, IO.FileAccess.ReadWrite, IO.FileShare.None)
Dim doc As New XmlDocument()
doc.Load(lStream)


b) Dim dt As New DataTable()
dt.Columns.Add("Link_ID")
Dim linker As XElement = XElement.Load(Application.StartupPath + "\LinkFinal.xml")
For Each item As XElement In linker.Elements("Row")
Dim linkID As String = item.Element("Link_ID").Value
 Dim dr As DataRow = dt.NewRow()
            dr("Link_ID") = linkID
Next
 bs.DataSource = dt
        C1TrueDBGrid1.DataSource = bs
        Dim FilteredDT As DataTable

        Dim DV As New DataView(dt, SearchCriteria, Nothing, DataViewRowState.CurrentRows)
        FilteredDT = DV.ToTable
        C1TrueDBGrid1.DataSource = FilteredDT
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vcharlesAuthor Commented:
Thank You!
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vcharlesAuthor Commented:
When you you use the hidden attribute, where is the file hidden?, can users still somehow see it? Can you use more than one attribute to a file?
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