powershell – How do I call New-Object for a constructor which takes a single array parameter?

powershell – How do I call New-Object for a constructor which takes a single array parameter?

This approach to using new-object should work:

$cert = new-object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate `
      -ArgumentList @(,$bytes)

The trick is that PowerShell is expecting an array of constructor arguments. When there is only one argument and it is an array, it can confuse PowerShells overload resolution algorithm. The code above helps it out by putting the byte array in an array with just that one element.

Update: in PowerShell >= v5 you can call the constructor directly like so:

$cert = [System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate]::new($bytes)

Surprisingly to me, I tried this and it seems it works:

[byte[]] $certPublicBytes = something
$cert = [System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate] $certPublicBytes
return $cert

I dont yet know by what magic it works, so your explanatory comments are appreciated. 🙂

(Note: I since found that using square-brackets-type-name as I did above, can also lead to other errors, such as Cannot convert value System.Byte[] to type System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate. Error:
Cannot find the requested object. The explicit New-Object approach recommended by Keith seems better!)

powershell – How do I call New-Object for a constructor which takes a single array parameter?

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