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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hiding Unauthorized Pages in ASP.NET

Hiding Unauthorized Pages in ASP.NET
In ASP.NET 1.1, hiding unauthorized pages involved setting the visibility of LinkButton controls or preventing/enabling the execution of sections of code manually, using a call to User.IsInRole(). In contrast, ASP.NET 2.0 provides a configurable, extensible, no-code approach. Setting it up involves three steps:

  1. Configure the SiteMapProvider to use security trimmings.
  2. Configure the RoleProvider to retrieve roles.
  3. Configure page- or directory-level authorization rules.
I'll explain each step in the following sections.

Step 1: Enable security trimmings
Enabling security trimmings forces the .NET Framework to limit siteMapNodes exposed by the SiteMapDataSource based on authorization information. Configure the SiteMapProvider to use security trimmings by adding a securityTrimmingEnabled="true" attribute to the XmlSiteMapProvider in the application's web.config file as shown below:

<siteMap defaultProvider="XmlSiteMapProvider" enabled="true">     
<providers>
<add name="XmlSiteMapProvider"
description="Default SiteMap provider"
type="System.Web.XmlSiteMapProvider"
siteMapFile="Web.sitemap"
securityTrimmingEnabled="true" />
</providers>
</siteMap>

It's worth noting Microsoft's warning that "Site-map files with more than 150 nodes can take substantially longer to perform security-trimming operations." Microsoft recommends using the roles attribute (described at the end of this solution) to help mitigate this potential performance problem.

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