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Authentication and Authorization in ASP.NET

Apr 06, 2015

There are two closely interlinked concepts at the heart of security for distributed applications - authentication and authorization. Authentication is the process of obtaining some sort of credentials from the users and using those credentials to verify the user's identity. Authorization is the process of allowing an authenticated user access to resources. Authentication is always precedes to Authorization; even if your application lets anonymous users connect and use the application, it still authenticates them as being anonymous. ASP.net provides flexible set of alternatives for authentication. You can perform authentication yourself in code or delegate authentication to other authorities (such as Microsoft Passport). In fact sometimes it seems ASP.net authentication is flexible, it can be difficult for a new developer to know just where to start. In this article, we review the settings in ASP.net and Internet Information Services (IIS) that control authentication and authorization in ASP.net applications. An ASP.net application has two separate authentication layers. That is because ASP.net is not a standalone product. Rather it is a layer on top of IIS. All requests flow through IIS before they are handed to ASP.net. As a result, IIS can decide to deny access without the ASP.net process even knowing that someone requested a particular page.

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