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How to Detect If Source PDF File is Password Protected or Not inside .NET Apps

by sher azam   on Jan 28, 2015   Category: C#   |  Views: 1748    |  Points: 25   |  Gold 


This technical tip shows how .NET developers can determine if the source PDF file is password protected or not inside their .NET applications using Aspose.Pdf for .NET. Aspose.Pdf for .NET provides great capabilities of dealing with PDF documents. When using Document class of Aspose.Pdf namespace to open a PDF document which is password protected, we need to provide the password information as an argument to Document constructor and in case this information is not provided, an error message is generated. In fact when trying to open a PDF file with Document object, the constructor is trying to read the contents of PDF file and in case correct password is not provided, an error message is generated (it happens to prevent unauthorized access of document). When dealing with encrypted PDF files, you may come across the scenario where you would be interested to detect if a PDF has an open password and/or an edit password. Sometimes there are documents which do not require password information while opening them, but they require information in order to edit the contents of file. So in order to fulfill the above requirements, PdfFileInfo class present under Aspose.Pdf.Facades provides the properties which can help in determining the required information.

//C# Code Sample

// load the source PDF document
PdfFileInfo fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(@"D:\PDF_OpenPassword.pdf");
// determine that source PDF file is Encrypted with password
bool encrypted = fileInfo.IsEncrypted;
// MessageBox displays the current status related to PDf encryption
MessageBox.Show(encrypted.ToString());

//VB.NET Code Sample

' load the source PDF document
Dim fileInfo As PdfFileInfo = New PdfFileInfo("D:\PDF_OpenPassword.pdf")
' determine that source PDF file is Encrypted with password
Dim encrypted As Boolean = fileInfo.IsEncrypted
' MessageBox displays the current status related to PDf encryption
MessageBox.Show(encrypted.ToString())

Get information about PDF document security

PdfFileInfo contains three properties to get information about PDF document security.

//C# Code Sample

PdfFileInfo fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithNoOpenPasswordAndPermPassword.pdf"));
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.User, fileInfo.PasswordType);
fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithNoOpenPasswordAndPermPassword.pdf"), "password");
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.Owner, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.False(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasEditPassword);

fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithOpenPasswordAndNoPermPassword.pdf"));
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.Inaccessible, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
try
{
bool hasOwnerPassword = fileInfo.HasEditPassword;
Assert.Fail("When PasswordType is Inaccessible we can't read HasEditPassword property.");
}
catch (InvalidPasswordException e)
{
// right what we expect
}
fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithOpenPasswordAndNoPermPassword.pdf"), "password");
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.User, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
Assert.False(fileInfo.HasEditPassword);

fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithOpenPasswordAndPermPassword.pdf"));
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.Inaccessible, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
try
{
bool hasOwnerPassword = fileInfo.HasEditPassword;
Assert.Fail("When PasswordType is Inaccessible we can't read HasEditPassword property.");
}
catch (InvalidPasswordException e)
{
// right what we expect
}

fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithOpenPasswordAndPermPassword.pdf"), "password1");
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.User, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasEditPassword);
fileInfo = new PdfFileInfo(TestSettings.GetInputFile("PdfWithOpenPasswordAndPermPassword.pdf"), "password2");
Assert.True(fileInfo.IsEncrypted);
Assert.AreEqual(PasswordType.Owner, fileInfo.PasswordType);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasOpenPassword);
Assert.True(fileInfo.HasEditPassword);

Determine correct password from Array

Sometimes there is a requirement to determine the correct password from array of passwords and open the document with correct password. The following code snippet demonstrates the steps to iterate through the array of passwords and try opening the document with correct password.

//C# Code Sample

// load source PDF file
PdfFileInfo info = new PdfFileInfo();
info.BindPdf("c:/pdftest/Lorem+Ipsum_protected.pdf");
// determine if the source PDF is encrypted
Console.WriteLine("File is password protected " + info.IsEncrypted);
String[] passwords = new String[5]{"test","test1","test2","test3","sample"};
for (int passwordcount = 0; passwordcount < passwords.Length; passwordcount++)
{
try
{
Document doc = new Document("c:/pdftest/Lorem+Ipsum_protected.pdf", passwords[passwordcount]);
if (doc.Pages.Count>0)
Console.WriteLine("Number of Page in document are = "+doc.Pages.Count);
}
catch (Aspose.Pdf.Exceptions.InvalidPasswordException)
{
Console.WriteLine("Password = "+passwords[passwordcount]+ " is not correct");
}
}

//VB.NET Code Sample

' load source PDF file
Dim info As PdfFileInfo = New PdfFileInfo()
info.BindPdf("c:/pdftest/Lorem+Ipsum_protected.pdf")
' determine if the source PDF is encrypted
Console.WriteLine("File is password protected " & info.IsEncrypted)
Dim passwords() = New String() {"test", "test1", "test2", "test3", "sample"}
For passwordcount As Integer = 0 To passwords.Length - 1
Try
Dim doc As Document = New Document("c:/pdftest/Lorem+Ipsum_protected.pdf", passwords(passwordcount))
If (doc.Pages.Count > 0) Then
Console.WriteLine("Number of Page in document are = " & doc.Pages.Count)
End If
Catch ex As Aspose.Pdf.Exceptions.InvalidPasswordException
Console.WriteLine("Password = " & passwords(passwordcount) & " is not correct")
End Try
Next
End Sub

More about Aspose.Pdf for .NET


- Homepage of Aspose.Pdf for .NET: http://www.aspose.com/.net/pdf-component.aspx

- Download Aspose.Pdf for .NET at: http://www.aspose.com/community/files/51/.net-components/aspose.pdf-for-.net/default.aspx



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