CallbackBehaviorAttribute.ValidateMustUnderstand Property

Gets or sets a value that specifies whether the system or the application enforces SOAP MustUnderstand header processing.

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

public bool ValidateMustUnderstand { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the system is to perform SOAP header MustUnderstand processing; otherwise false, which indicates that the application performs this processing. The default value is true.

Use the ValidateMustUnderstand property to turn off the enforced validation of arriving message headers. In normal execution, message headers are compared against the UnderstoodHeaders property to confirm that arriving headers are explicitly handled by the callback object runtime. Set this to false to disable this checking. When set to false, the application must check for headers marked with MustUnderstand="true" and return a fault if one or more of them were not understood. This is useful when the callback is supposed to accept any incoming SOAP messages (for example, when using typed or untyped messages) and perform custom header processing.

The following code example shows a CallbackBehaviorAttribute on a callback object that uses the SynchronizationContext object to determine which thread to marshal to, the ValidateMustUnderstand property to enforce message validation, and the IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults property to return exceptions as FaultException objects to the service for debugging purposes.

using System;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels;
using System.Threading;

namespace Microsoft.WCF.Documentation
{
  [CallbackBehaviorAttribute(
   IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults= true, 
    UseSynchronizationContext=true,
    ValidateMustUnderstand=true
  )]
  public class Client : SampleDuplexHelloCallback
  {
    AutoResetEvent waitHandle;

    public Client()
    {
      waitHandle = new AutoResetEvent(false);
    }

    public void Run()
    {
      // Picks up configuration from the configuration file.
      SampleDuplexHelloClient wcfClient
        = new SampleDuplexHelloClient(new InstanceContext(this), "WSDualHttpBinding_SampleDuplexHello");
      try
      {
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White;
        Console.WriteLine("Enter a greeting to send and press ENTER: ");
        Console.Write(">>> ");
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Green;
        string greeting = Console.ReadLine();
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White;
        Console.WriteLine("Called service with: \r\n\t" + greeting);
        wcfClient.Hello(greeting);
        Console.WriteLine("Execution passes service call and moves to the WaitHandle.");
        this.waitHandle.WaitOne();
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Blue;
        Console.WriteLine("Set was called.");
        Console.Write("Press ");
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Red;
        Console.Write("ENTER");
        Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Blue;
        Console.Write(" to exit...");
        Console.ReadLine();
      }
      catch (TimeoutException timeProblem)
      {
        Console.WriteLine("The service operation timed out. " + timeProblem.Message);
        Console.ReadLine();
      }
      catch (CommunicationException commProblem)
      {
        Console.WriteLine("There was a communication problem. " + commProblem.Message);
        Console.ReadLine();
      }
    }
    public static void Main()
    {
      Client client = new Client();
      client.Run();
    }

    public void Reply(string response)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("Received output.");
      Console.WriteLine("\r\n\t" + response);
      this.waitHandle.Set();
    }
  }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0
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