Credential-less Authentication in ASP.NET

There are times when you may wish to authenticate a user in an ASP.NET web application without requesting a password. For example, I was working on a client application that had a web counter-part. I needed to authenticate the user by using just their login. Fortunately, the .NET Framework gives us a simple way to accomplish this with the FormsAuthentication.SetAuthCookie method.

FormsAuthentication.SetAuthCookie("adam", true);

One nuance:

The forms-authentication ticket supplies forms-authentication information to the next request made by the browser.

This means you can’t call SetAuthCookie and then execute code that assumes an authenticated user on the next line. A simple workaround is to use a redirect.


Author: Adam Prescott

I'm enthusiastic and passionate about creating intuitive, great-looking software. I strive to find the simplest solutions to complex problems, and I embrace agile principles and test-driven development.

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