Chapter 5. Security

ASP.NET 2.0 comes with new security controls that aim to simplify the life of a developer. Using the new security controls, you can now perform user logins, registration, password changes, and more, with no more effort than dragging and dropping controls onto your Web Form.

Create a Login Page Using the New Security Controls

In ASP.NET 1.x, you can use form-based authentication to authenticate web users through a custom login page. While this is a useful and straightforward technique, it still requires you to write your own code to perform the authentication, most often through the use of a data store such as SQL Server. However, this mundane task has now been simplified by the introduction of new security controls in ASP.NET 2.0.

How do I do that?

In this lab, you will build a login page that employs the built-in security controls that ship with ASP.NET 2.0 to authenticate users. You will use the various new Login controls—in particular, Login, LoginView, LoginStatus, and LoginName—to help you accomplish tasks such as user authentication, display of login status and login name, and more. You will create two forms: one to display the login status of the user and another to allow the user to log into your application.

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Using the various Login controls, you can now perform user authentication with ease!

The Web Forms created in this lab will lay the groundwork for the next lab, Section 5.2, which will add users to the site for you to test the security controls. ...

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