Send Email with Digital Signature in VB 6.0 - S/MIME

In previous section, I introduced how to send email with embedded images. In this section, I will introduce how to sign email with digital certificate in VB 6.0.

Introduction

S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is a standard for public key encryption and signing of MIME data.

Digital signature prevents email content is faked or changed in transport level. Encrypting email protects email content from exposure to inappropriate recipients. Both digital signature and email encrypting depend on digital certificate.

If you have an email digital signature certificate installed on your machine, you can find it in “Control Panel” -> “Internet Options” -> “Content” -> “Certificates” -> “Personal”.

VB 6.0 email ceritificate

Then you can use your email certificate to sign the email by the following code. If you don’t have a certificate for your email address, you MUST get a digital certificate for personal email protection from third-party certificate authorities such as www.verisign.com.

If you need a free certificate for your email address, you can go to http://www.comodo.com/home/email-security/free-email-certificate.php to apply for one year free email certificate.

Note

Remarks: All of samples in this section are based on first section: Send email in a simple VB 6.0 project. To compile and run the following example codes successfully, please click here to learn how to create the test project and add reference of EASendMail to your project.

[VB 6.0 - Send email with digital signature (S/MIME) - Example]

The following example codes demonstrate how to send email with digital signature in VB6.

Note

To get the full sample projects, please refer to Samples section.

Const CRYPT_MACHINE_KEYSET = 32
Const CRYPT_USER_KEYSET = 4096
Const CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER = 65536
Const CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_LOCAL_MACHINE = 131072
Private Sub Command1_Click()

    Dim oSmtp As New EASendMailObjLib.Mail
    oSmtp.LicenseCode = "TryIt"

    ' Set your sender email address
    oSmtp.FromAddr = "test@emailarchitect.net"

    ' Add recipient email address
    oSmtp.AddRecipientEx "support@emailarchitect.net", 0

    ' Set email subject
    oSmtp.Subject = "test email from VB 6.0 with digital signature"

    ' Set email body
    oSmtp.BodyText = "this is a test email sent from VB 6.0 with digital signature"

    ' Your SMTP server address
    oSmtp.ServerAddr = "smtp.emailarchitect.net"

    ' User and password for ESMTP authentication, if your server doesn't require
    ' User authentication, please remove the following codes.
    oSmtp.UserName = "test@emailarchitect.net"
    oSmtp.Password = "testpassword"

    ' If your smtp server requires SSL connection, please add this line
    ' oSmtp.SSL_init
    ' Add digital signature

    If Not oSmtp.SignerCert.FindSubject("test@emailarchitect.net", _
        CERT_SYSTEM_STORE_CURRENT_USER, "my") Then
        MsgBox oSmtp.SignerCert.GetLastError()
        Exit Sub
    End If

    If Not oSmtp.SignerCert.HasPrivateKey Then
        MsgBox "Signer certificate has not private key, " & _
             " this certificate can not be used to sign email!"
        Exit Sub
    End If

    MsgBox "start to send email ..."
    If oSmtp.SendMail() = 0 Then
        MsgBox "email was sent successfully!"
    Else
        MsgBox "failed to send email with the following error:" & oSmtp.GetLastErrDescription()
    End If

End Sub

Next Section

At next section I will introduce how to encrypt email with digital certificate VB6.

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