secure pages lose authentication, is there a work-around?

Some pages on the site have to be run under a secure certificate. Of
course as soon as I go from a 'normal' page to a secure one
( --> I loose the cookie, the
authentication and everything because I am acutally changing sites
(just to let you know that I know that)

Am I going to have to write my own routines to authenticate ... I've solved this before 2.0 with carring things around in a querystring ... and of course this still works. But is there a way to retain authentication between the two states (unauthenticated and authenticated) without dragging a querystring around and/or 'rolling my own?'



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There isn't anything that will automatically solve the cross-domain problem you are seeing.  In ASP.NET 2.0 there is better support for passing forms authentication tickets between different DNS domains though - if you set "enableCrossAppRedirects" to "true" in the <forms /> configuration element, then you can pass the string representation of a forms authentication ticket around on the query string from one application to another.  As long as the query-string variable has the same name as the forms authentication cookie, then in the second application the FormsAuthenticationModule will detect the presents of the ticket in the query-string and it will automatically convert it back into a forms authentication cookie.
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6/20/2005 8:18:55 PM
I am having the same problem. I changed the enableCrossAppRedirects to true, but I don't understand how to do the rest. How do I attach the forms authentication ticket  to a query string? My users navigate to a secure page from the menu feature, thus I will need to attach the string in my sitemap file.
11/17/2005 2:07:38 AM

You can pass a forms authentication ticket on the query-string with code that looks like the following:

            FormsAuthenticationTicket ft = new FormsAuthenticationTicket(
                2, //version
                txtUserId.Text,  //the username
                DateTime.Now.AddMinutes(30),  //Use the appropriate expiration time
                false,  //is persistent
                String.Empty,  //UserData
                "/" /*cookiePath*/);

            string encryptedTicket = FormsAuthentication.Encrypt(ft);

            Response.Redirect("default.aspx?" + FormsAuthentication.FormsCookieName + "=" + encryptedTicket);

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11/17/2005 8:04:14 PM
Thank you for responding.

I tried doing the url in my sitemap file like this

siteMapNode title="Client Management"

url="/Staff/UserMgmt.aspx? + FormsAuthentication.FormsCookieName + = + encryptedTicket"

description="Add or modify client information"

roles="Admin,Staff" />

but it gives me The 'url' property had a malformed URL:

I placed the rest of the code on my masterpage in the code behind file.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

11/18/2005 4:33:29 AM
The sitemap can't handle any kind of programming code in URLs - that's why you need to programmatically issue the redirect with the forms auth cookie on the query string.  Think of the <siteMapNode> as being statically defined in the XML - there isn't a way to mark it up the way you can intersperse code and markup in an .aspx page.

I think you could just keep the <siteMapNodes/> defined with regular URLs, and handle the login logic with a login.aspx.  If someone selects a node in a Menu or a Treeview, and the custom authentication logic rejects them, they would just need to login with different credentials.  At which point they would get redirected back to their desired page, and the ticket would be in the querystring. Assuming that the authentication mode on the site is forms authentication, the FormsAuthenticationModule has logic to automatically convert a ticket in the query-string into a forms authentication cookie.  So after the redirect from the login page Forms Authentication will detect the ticket in the querystring and turn it into a cookie for you.
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11/18/2005 6:08:38 PM
Is this the best practice? Seems like my users would find it irritating having to login when ever they try and access a secure page.
11/21/2005 4:55:35 PM

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