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Windows Credentialing Security Problem

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I'm having a credentialing problem in my web application. Actually, I don't
think this is an IIS security issue, since I'm able to access the page I'm
requesting. However, the executing page itself is not able to access a
specific network resource and I just can't figure out why. First of all, let
me say this worked fine with IIS running on Win2000 Server. This has not
worked since I upgraded to Windows Server 2003.

My Platform: Windows Server 2003 / IIS6 / .Net Framework v1.1.4322

My web site has a virtual directory named FPSNowAuth. This virtual directory
disallows anonymous access and is set to use Windows Integrated security.
Thus every page access from this virtual directory must either be
authenticated or fail.

Here are the relevant blocks from the Web.config file:

<authentication mode="Windows" />
<identity impersonate="true" userName="" password=""/>

Thus, code executing in the context of a page request should be executing in
the security context of the authenticated user. Here's a snippet from the
log file:

2004-04-22 04:28:34 192.168.1.3 GET /FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx
dir=ftp/Dimension 81 INTDOM\Boss 192.168.1.1
Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+Windows+NT+5.0;+.NET+CL R+1.0.3705) 200

As you can see, I accessed the page '/FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx' with the
querystring 'dir=ftp/Dimension' appended to the URL. I authenticated as
INTDOM\Boss, the Domain Administrator. HTTP Status was 200. The page request
succeeded. However...

browser.aspx is a .NET page which returns a directory listing of the
directory identified by the dir querystring parameter, in this case
ftp/Dimension. (For a practical example of this, you may check out
www.fpsnow.com/browser.aspx?dir=ftp/download. This is the public area of my
site.) FPSNowAuth/ftp/Dimension is mapped to a network fileshare
\\Dimension\User. Here we get to the heart of the problem.

When I'm on the server, browsing the virtual directory in the IIS console, I
can see all the folders and files subordinate to \\Dimension\User. When I
hit this page from a browser on the server, I get a nicely formatted listing
of these folders and files, generated by browser.aspx. However, when I hit
this page from a browser on any other workstation, I get the following
runtime error during the course of the page execution:

Access to path \\Dimension\User is denied.

This despite the fact that I have authenticated as INTDOM\Boss, as shown in
the log file snippet. So running under the identity of INTDOM\Boss, why the
heck am I denied access to a network resource?

For the .NET developers among us, here's the line of code which throws the
exception:

DirectoryInfo[] Dirs = DirInfo.GetDirectories();

The directory indicated by DirInfo is \\Dimension\User\. Prior to executing
this line, I've already checked to ensure that Request.IsAuthenticated ==
true. I've stepped through this in debug mode and confirmed that it is
indeed true (as the log file entry indicates).

So, I'm baffled. The page is executing under the identity of the domain
admin, yet I get an access denied when attempting to access a network
resource. Any ideas?

Thank for any assistance which you can offer.

- Joe Geretz -
Nov 18 '05 #1
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I suspect (very strongly) that this is a double-hop authentication problem.
You can confirm this by disabling IWA, and enabling Basic Auth. If all your
problems go away, then it is the double-hop auth problem.

With Basic Auth, the webserver has your username and password, so it can
directly impersonate you when authenticating to the remote resource.

With Digest or IWA auth, IIS only has a token that doesn't have access to
remote resources. To get around this you can configure Delegation.

a) Both the user account(s) and the server's computer account must be
trusted for delegation in the directory. See
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=325894
HOW TO: Configure Computer Accounts and User Accounts So That They Are
Trusted for Delegation in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (also
includes Windows 2000 instructions)

b) The SPN (Service Principal Name) needs to be registered, if it isn't
already (e.g. you are using a FQDN rather than the NetBIOS name of the
service). Use the SetSPN.exe tool to do this. For more information on
SetSPN.exe
Authentication May Fail with "401.3" Error If Web Site's "Host Header"
Differs from Server's NetBIOS
see: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=294382

c) The client browser and IIS server must authenticate using Kerberos not
NTLM v2 (Not required in a windows 2003 Domain - see below) This means that:
- Use Integrated Windows Authentication (requires restart) is checked in
I.E.
- IIS is sending "Negotiate" WWW-Authenticate headers
- The client-brower can contact the KDC (the Windows Domain Controllers) to
get an appropriate Kerberos ticket

If you are using a Windows 2003 Domain, you can take advantage of Protocol
Transition. This allows the user to authenticate using any protocol to IIS,
and IIS can still get a Kerberos ticket to access the remote SQL Server.
There is information on setting up constrained delegation (using all
protocols) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...Serv/2003/stan
dard/proddocs/en-us/se_con_del_computer.asp
Configuring Users and Computers for delegation (there's a couple of pages -
use the links in the nav bar to get to them). Following the instructions on
contrsained delegation.

there is more information on Protocol Transition here:
Windows 2003 Protocol Transition
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../constdel.mspx

This article may also help:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;810572
HOW TO: Configure an ASP.NET Application for a Delegation Scenario

Hope this all helps!

Cheers
Ken

"Joseph Geretz" <jg*****@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:ut**************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
: I'm having a credentialing problem in my web application. Actually, I
don't
: think this is an IIS security issue, since I'm able to access the page I'm
: requesting. However, the executing page itself is not able to access a
: specific network resource and I just can't figure out why. First of all,
let
: me say this worked fine with IIS running on Win2000 Server. This has not
: worked since I upgraded to Windows Server 2003.
:
: My Platform: Windows Server 2003 / IIS6 / .Net Framework v1.1.4322
:
: My web site has a virtual directory named FPSNowAuth. This virtual
directory
: disallows anonymous access and is set to use Windows Integrated security.
: Thus every page access from this virtual directory must either be
: authenticated or fail.
:
: Here are the relevant blocks from the Web.config file:
:
: <authentication mode="Windows" />
: <identity impersonate="true" userName="" password=""/>
:
: Thus, code executing in the context of a page request should be executing
in
: the security context of the authenticated user. Here's a snippet from the
: log file:
:
: 2004-04-22 04:28:34 192.168.1.3 GET /FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx
: dir=ftp/Dimension 81 INTDOM\Boss 192.168.1.1
: Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+Windows+NT+5.0;+.NET+CL R+1.0.3705) 200
:
: As you can see, I accessed the page '/FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx' with the
: querystring 'dir=ftp/Dimension' appended to the URL. I authenticated as
: INTDOM\Boss, the Domain Administrator. HTTP Status was 200. The page
request
: succeeded. However...
:
: browser.aspx is a .NET page which returns a directory listing of the
: directory identified by the dir querystring parameter, in this case
: ftp/Dimension. (For a practical example of this, you may check out
: www.fpsnow.com/browser.aspx?dir=ftp/download. This is the public area of
my
: site.) FPSNowAuth/ftp/Dimension is mapped to a network fileshare
: \\Dimension\User. Here we get to the heart of the problem.
:
: When I'm on the server, browsing the virtual directory in the IIS console,
I
: can see all the folders and files subordinate to \\Dimension\User. When I
: hit this page from a browser on the server, I get a nicely formatted
listing
: of these folders and files, generated by browser.aspx. However, when I hit
: this page from a browser on any other workstation, I get the following
: runtime error during the course of the page execution:
:
: Access to path \\Dimension\User is denied.
:
: This despite the fact that I have authenticated as INTDOM\Boss, as shown
in
: the log file snippet. So running under the identity of INTDOM\Boss, why
the
: heck am I denied access to a network resource?
:
: For the .NET developers among us, here's the line of code which throws the
: exception:
:
: DirectoryInfo[] Dirs = DirInfo.GetDirectories();
:
: The directory indicated by DirInfo is \\Dimension\User\. Prior to
executing
: this line, I've already checked to ensure that Request.IsAuthenticated ==
: true. I've stepped through this in debug mode and confirmed that it is
: indeed true (as the log file entry indicates).
:
: So, I'm baffled. The page is executing under the identity of the domain
: admin, yet I get an access denied when attempting to access a network
: resource. Any ideas?
:
: Thank for any assistance which you can offer.
:
: - Joe Geretz -
:
:
Nov 18 '05 #2

P: n/a
Thanks Ken,
I suspect (very strongly) that this is a double-hop authentication problem. You can confirm this by disabling IWA, and enabling Basic Auth. If all your problems go away, then it is the double-hop auth problem.
Your suggestion is right on target. So this is a delegation issue. Thanks
for clearing that up. You've given me quite a list of suggestions and
refrences which I'll start to work through. If I have specific questions on
any of these points I'll post back.

Thanks,

Joe Geretz

"Ken Schaefer" <ke*******@THISadOpenStatic.com> wrote in message
news:uc**************@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl... I suspect (very strongly) that this is a double-hop authentication problem. You can confirm this by disabling IWA, and enabling Basic Auth. If all your problems go away, then it is the double-hop auth problem.

With Basic Auth, the webserver has your username and password, so it can
directly impersonate you when authenticating to the remote resource.

With Digest or IWA auth, IIS only has a token that doesn't have access to
remote resources. To get around this you can configure Delegation.

a) Both the user account(s) and the server's computer account must be
trusted for delegation in the directory. See
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=325894
HOW TO: Configure Computer Accounts and User Accounts So That They Are
Trusted for Delegation in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (also
includes Windows 2000 instructions)

b) The SPN (Service Principal Name) needs to be registered, if it isn't
already (e.g. you are using a FQDN rather than the NetBIOS name of the
service). Use the SetSPN.exe tool to do this. For more information on
SetSPN.exe
Authentication May Fail with "401.3" Error If Web Site's "Host Header"
Differs from Server's NetBIOS
see: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=294382

c) The client browser and IIS server must authenticate using Kerberos not
NTLM v2 (Not required in a windows 2003 Domain - see below) This means that: - Use Integrated Windows Authentication (requires restart) is checked in
I.E.
- IIS is sending "Negotiate" WWW-Authenticate headers
- The client-brower can contact the KDC (the Windows Domain Controllers) to get an appropriate Kerberos ticket

If you are using a Windows 2003 Domain, you can take advantage of Protocol
Transition. This allows the user to authenticate using any protocol to IIS, and IIS can still get a Kerberos ticket to access the remote SQL Server.
There is information on setting up constrained delegation (using all
protocols) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...Serv/2003/stan dard/proddocs/en-us/se_con_del_computer.asp
Configuring Users and Computers for delegation (there's a couple of pages - use the links in the nav bar to get to them). Following the instructions on contrsained delegation.

there is more information on Protocol Transition here:
Windows 2003 Protocol Transition
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../constdel.mspx
This article may also help:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;810572
HOW TO: Configure an ASP.NET Application for a Delegation Scenario

Hope this all helps!

Cheers
Ken

"Joseph Geretz" <jg*****@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:ut**************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
: I'm having a credentialing problem in my web application. Actually, I
don't
: think this is an IIS security issue, since I'm able to access the page I'm : requesting. However, the executing page itself is not able to access a
: specific network resource and I just can't figure out why. First of all,
let
: me say this worked fine with IIS running on Win2000 Server. This has not
: worked since I upgraded to Windows Server 2003.
:
: My Platform: Windows Server 2003 / IIS6 / .Net Framework v1.1.4322
:
: My web site has a virtual directory named FPSNowAuth. This virtual
directory
: disallows anonymous access and is set to use Windows Integrated security. : Thus every page access from this virtual directory must either be
: authenticated or fail.
:
: Here are the relevant blocks from the Web.config file:
:
: <authentication mode="Windows" />
: <identity impersonate="true" userName="" password=""/>
:
: Thus, code executing in the context of a page request should be executing in
: the security context of the authenticated user. Here's a snippet from the : log file:
:
: 2004-04-22 04:28:34 192.168.1.3 GET /FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx
: dir=ftp/Dimension 81 INTDOM\Boss 192.168.1.1
: Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+Windows+NT+5.0;+.NET+CL R+1.0.3705) 200 :
: As you can see, I accessed the page '/FPSNowAuth/browser.aspx' with the
: querystring 'dir=ftp/Dimension' appended to the URL. I authenticated as
: INTDOM\Boss, the Domain Administrator. HTTP Status was 200. The page
request
: succeeded. However...
:
: browser.aspx is a .NET page which returns a directory listing of the
: directory identified by the dir querystring parameter, in this case
: ftp/Dimension. (For a practical example of this, you may check out
: www.fpsnow.com/browser.aspx?dir=ftp/download. This is the public area of
my
: site.) FPSNowAuth/ftp/Dimension is mapped to a network fileshare
: \\Dimension\User. Here we get to the heart of the problem.
:
: When I'm on the server, browsing the virtual directory in the IIS console, I
: can see all the folders and files subordinate to \\Dimension\User. When I : hit this page from a browser on the server, I get a nicely formatted
listing
: of these folders and files, generated by browser.aspx. However, when I hit : this page from a browser on any other workstation, I get the following
: runtime error during the course of the page execution:
:
: Access to path \\Dimension\User is denied.
:
: This despite the fact that I have authenticated as INTDOM\Boss, as shown
in
: the log file snippet. So running under the identity of INTDOM\Boss, why
the
: heck am I denied access to a network resource?
:
: For the .NET developers among us, here's the line of code which throws the : exception:
:
: DirectoryInfo[] Dirs = DirInfo.GetDirectories();
:
: The directory indicated by DirInfo is \\Dimension\User\. Prior to
executing
: this line, I've already checked to ensure that Request.IsAuthenticated == : true. I've stepped through this in debug mode and confirmed that it is
: indeed true (as the log file entry indicates).
:
: So, I'm baffled. The page is executing under the identity of the domain
: admin, yet I get an access denied when attempting to access a network
: resource. Any ideas?
:
: Thank for any assistance which you can offer.
:
: - Joe Geretz -
:
:

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