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Forms authentication + roles + non-aspx files

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Hey guys/gals,

I have successfully implemented forms authentication on my site:

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  1.        <authentication mode="Forms">
  2.             <forms loginUrl="/Members/Login.aspx" timeout="20" defaultUrl="/Members/Welcome.aspx" protection="All" requireSSL="false" path="/" />
  3.         </authentication>
Now I would like to restrict certain subfolders within /Members by Role. I have the following roles for testing:
  • Media
  • Admin

... I have made the following entry in my web.config to test denying all access to the /Members/Media subfolder:

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  1.     <location path="Members/Media" >
  2.         <system.web>
  3.             <authorization>
  4.                 <deny users="*"></deny>
  5.             </authorization>
  6.         </system.web>
  7.     </location>
... I have then made a Default.aspx and a Test.txt within the /Members/Media directory.

The user I am logging in as does NOT have the role of "Media".

To test, I navigate to and and in both cases forms authentication properly routed me the login page.

I then proceed to authenticate as the user without the Media role then try to access the resources in /Members/Media.

I am properly denied from accessing Default.aspx, but I can successfully get to Test.txt.

To test further, I placed a GIF into the /Members/Media and am able to access that as well.

I guess my question is, does Role based authorization only apply to requests for ASPX files and not requests for non-ASPX files such as txt, pdf, gif, etc... or have I totally screwed something up along the way?

If Role based authorization does only work with ASPX files, should I write an HTTPModule to authorize the requests for non-ASPX files?

Thanks a million!
Dec 23 '08 #1
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Here is an article that may help:
Protecting Files with ASP.NET
Dec 24 '08 #2

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