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EvaluationContext Class

When overridden in a derived class, represents the results of the authorization policies that have been evaluated.

Namespace:  System.IdentityModel.Policy
Assembly:  System.IdentityModel (in System.IdentityModel.dll)

public abstract class EvaluationContext

Claims are added to an EvaluationContext by authorization policies. An authorization policy takes a set of claims, such as those found in a security token, and adds additional claims based on the current set. For instance, an authorization policy might evaluate a claim that contains the date of birth and add a claim that states the user is over 21 years old and add an Over21 claim to the EvaluationContext.

Classes that implement the IAuthorizationPolicy interface do not authorize users, but they enable the ServiceAuthorizationManager class to do so. The ServiceAuthorizationManager calls the Evaluate method for each authorization policy in effect. The Evaluate method determines whether additional claims should be added for the user based on the current claims. An authorization policy's Evaluate method may be called multiple times, as claims are added to the EvaluationContext by other authorization policies. When all authorization policies in effect are done, the ServiceAuthorizationManager class makes authorization decisions based upon the final set of claims. The ServiceAuthorizationManager class then creates an AuthorizationContext that contains an immutable set of claims that reflects these authorization decisions.

An evaluation context contains a set of ClaimSet objects: an expiration time, which specifies the span of time during which the evaluation context is valid, and a unique identifier.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0