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Thread.CurrentPrincipal Property

Gets or sets the thread's current principal (for role-based security).

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static IPrincipal CurrentPrincipal { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Security.Principal.IPrincipal
An IPrincipal value representing the security context.

ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The caller does not have the permission required to set the principal.

The following code example shows how to set and retrieve the principal of a thread.

using System;
using System.Security;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Security.Principal;
using System.Threading;

class Principal
{
    static void Main()
    {
        string[] rolesArray = {"managers", "executives"};
        try
        {
            // Set the principal to a new generic principal.
            Thread.CurrentPrincipal = 
                new GenericPrincipal(new GenericIdentity(
                "Bob", "Passport"), rolesArray);
        }
        catch(SecurityException secureException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: Permission to set Principal " +
                "is denied.", secureException.GetType().Name);
        }

        IPrincipal threadPrincipal = Thread.CurrentPrincipal;
        Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}\nIsAuthenticated: {1}" +
            "\nAuthenticationType: {2}", 
            threadPrincipal.Identity.Name, 
            threadPrincipal.Identity.IsAuthenticated,
            threadPrincipal.Identity.AuthenticationType);
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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