Secure file access

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Security' started by Gerhard, May 19, 2009.

  1. Gerhard

    Gerhard Guest

    I have a vb.net application that needs to allow authorized users to get to
    files on a file server (.pdf, .xls, etc) while maintaining security of them
    from anonymous users. I know the web.config does not monitor this. Is there
    a recommended way to publish these to authorized users?

    Thanks.
     
    Gerhard, May 19, 2009
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  2. Hi Gerhard,
    To do this we can map the file extension of these files to isapi of ASP.NET
    to let ASP.NET handle the requests to these files.

    The following article demonstrates how to do so:

    http://aspnet.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/020404-1.aspx

    Please have a try and let me know if it works. If you have additional
    questions please feel free to ask.

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    Allen Chen [MSFT], May 19, 2009
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  3. Gerhard

    Gerhard Guest

    Thanks. This is the right idea, but I do want authenticated uses to be able
    to get to the files. This looks like if forbids any access at all.

    Is there a way through IIS and web.config to allow authenticated users
    access and deny all others?

    Thanks again.
     
    Gerhard, May 19, 2009
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  4. Gerhard

    Gerhard Guest

    This post has basically what I need,
    http://sandblogaspnet.blogspot.com/2008/02/sometimes-we-as-programmers-we-might.html,
    but I have been unable to make it work as advertised. Couple of questions,
    does each directory have to be set as an IIS application? Do they each need
    their own web.config file? I have the root directory set up per the article,
    but still can put in a URL and get to files I shouldn't. Is there a
    Microsoft article that covers the details of how to set this up?

    Thanks.
     
    Gerhard, May 20, 2009
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  5. Gerhard

    Gerhard Guest

    I figured it out.

    Thanks.

     
    Gerhard, May 21, 2009
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