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.NET Core 2.1 Release Candidate (RC) 1 - May 6, 2018

.NET Core 2.1.0 RC1 is available for download and usage in your environment. Have a look at the Known Issues document as there are a few things to be aware of before installing.

Blog Round up

The .NET Core SDK 2.1 RC includes .NET Core 2.1 Runtime RC so downloading the runtime packages separately is not needed when installing the SDK. After installing the .NET Core SDK 2.1 RC, the following command will show that you're running version 2.1.300-rc1-008673 of the tools.

dotnet --version

Your feedback is important and appreciated. We've created an issue at dotnet/core #1506 for your questions and comments.

Docker Images

The .NET Core Docker images have been updated for this release. Look for the 2.1 RC images.

Azure AppServices

.NET Core 2.1 RC 1 in Azure App Services will begin rolling out Thursday, 5/10 and and will be available in all regions a few days later.

Notable Changes in RC1

Linux installer changes and distro version updates

Installer changes

We have been working to improve our Linux installers and the RC release takes another step. System dependencies are now installed using a runtime-deps package. This enables us to create "agnostic" Runtime and SDK installers which are the same across distros. You don't need to do anything different when installing, this package is referenced as a dependency of the Runtime installer.

For the final release of 2.1, the installers will properly support package manager updates (eg apt-get update)

Supported version changes

.NET Core is now available for Ubuntu 18.04. Congratulations to Canonical on the release!

Breaking API changes

Many APIs received updates from Preview 1 which are considered breaking changes. Below are a few notable changes and a detailed API diff is available to help determine if any will impact existing projects build on 2.1.0 Preview 1.

System.Security

Area Description Details Github Issue
System.Security New SignedCms APIs System.Security.Cryptography.Pkcs.SignedCms is now available in the System.Security.Cryptography.Pkcs package. The .NET Core implementation is available to all .NET Core platforms and has parity with the class from .NET Framework. corefx/14197
System.Security New X509Certificate.GetCertHash overload for SHA-2 New overloads for X509Certificate.GetCertHash and X509Certificate.GetCertHashString accept a hash algorithm identifier to enable callers to get certificate thumbprint values using algorithms other than SHA-1. corefx/16493
System.Security New Span-based cryptography APIs Span-based API is available for hashing, HMAC, (cryptographic) random number generation, asymmetric signature generation, asymmetric signature processing, and RSA encryption.
System.Security Rfc2898DeriveBytes performance improvements By switching to Span-based computations the computations of Rfc2898DeriveBytes (PBKDF2) have sped up about 15% compared to prior releases. Users who have benchmarked an iteration count for an amount of server time can now increase their iteration count accordingly.
System.Security Added CryptographicOperations class CryptographicOperations.FixedTimeEquals takes a fixed amount of time to return for any two inputs of the same length, making it suitable for use in cryptographic verification to avoid contributing to timing side-channel information. CryptographicOperations.ZeroMemory is a memory clearing routine which cannot be optimized away via a write-without-subsequent-read optimization.
System.Security Added static RandomNumberGenerator.Fill The static RandomNumberGenerator.Fill will fill a Span with random values using the system-preferred CSPRNG, and does not require the caller to manage the lifetime of an IDisposable resource.
System.Security Added support for RFC 3161 cryptographic timestamps New API to request, read, validate, and create TimestampToken values as defined by RFC 3161.
System.Security Unix EnvelopedCms The EnvelopedCms class is now available on Linux and macOS.
System.Security Added ECDiffieHellman Elliptic-Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) is now available on .NET Core via the ECDiffieHellman class family with the same surface area as .NET Framework 4.7.
System.Security Added RSA-OAEP-SHA2 and RSA-PSS to Unix platforms Starting with this release the instance provided by RSA.Create() on .NET Core can always encrypt or decrypt with OAEP using a SHA-2 digest, as well as generate or validate signatures using RSA-PSS.

System.IO

Area Description Details Github Issue
System.IO.Compression Add new Brotli Compression APIs Add API to compress and decompress using the Brotli algorithm, a general-purpose lossless compression algorithm used primarily by web browsers and servers. Operations may be completed using either the stream-based BrotliStream or the high-performance span-based BrotliEncoder/BrotliDecoder classes. corefx/25785

Global Tools

Global tools let you install a tool from a NuGet feed into your local path. This makes it available in a similar manner to npm -g. Alternatively you can install tools in a specific directory with --tool-path, which is particularly useful in CI scenarios.

NOTE: There were significant changes after Preview 1 to both syntax and structure.

dotnet tool install -g awesomeTool
dotnet tool install --install-path specialPath awesomeTool

Other features available for Global Tools:

dotnet tool list
dotnet tool uninstall
dotnet tool update

Bundled Tools

Several common development tools are now included in the .NET Core SDK.

The following tools are now included in the .NET Core SDK and no longer need to be included in the project file, or installed with dotnet install:

  • watch
  • dev-certs
  • sql-cache
  • user-secrets
  • ef