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Microsoft Azure Development Cookbook Second Edition by Neil Mackenzie, Roberto Freato

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Managing access control for containers and blobs

The Storage service allows the possibility of unauthenticated access against the Blob service. The reason is that blobs provide an ideal location to store large static content for a website. For example, the images in a photo-sharing site could be stored as blobs and downloaded directly from the Blob service without being transferred through a web role.

Public access control for the Blob service is managed at the container level. The Blob service supports three types of access control: the first type is no public read access, in which all access must be authenticated; the second is public read access, which allows blobs in a container to be readable without authentication; and the third type is ...

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