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MembershipUser.ResetPassword Method ()

Resets a user's password to a new, automatically generated password.

Namespace: System.Web.Security
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public virtual string ResetPassword ()
public String ResetPassword ()
public function ResetPassword () : String
Not applicable.

Return Value

The new password for the membership user.

ResetPassword calls the MembershipProvider.ResetPassword method of the membership provider referenced by the ProviderName property to reset the password for the membership user to a new, automatically generated password. The new password is then returned to the caller.

If EnablePasswordReset is false, the membership provider will return an exception.

If RequiresQuestionAndAnswer is true, you must use the ResetPassword overload that takes a password answer as a parameter and supply the password answer for the membership user. If a password answer is required and an incorrect password answer is supplied, a MembershipPasswordException is thrown by the membership provider.

The following code example resets a user's password and returns the new, automatically generated password. Note that RequiresQuestionAndAnswer is assumed to be false.

Security noteSecurity Note:

This example contains a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview (Visual Studio).

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Security" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

MembershipUser u;

public void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs args)
{
  if (!Membership.EnablePasswordReset)
  {
    FormsAuthentication.RedirectToLoginPage();
  }

  Msg.Text = "";

  if (!IsPostBack)
  {
    Msg.Text = "Please supply a username.";
  }
  else
  {
    VerifyUsername();
  }
}


public void VerifyUsername()
{
    u = Membership.GetUser(UsernameTextBox.Text, false);

    if (u == null)
    {
      Msg.Text = "Username " + Server.HtmlEncode(UsernameTextBox.Text) + " not found. Please check the value and re-enter.";

      ResetPasswordButton.Enabled = false;
    }
    else
    {
      ResetPasswordButton.Enabled = true;
    }
}

public void ResetPassword_OnClick(object sender, EventArgs args)
{
  string newPassword;

  u = Membership.GetUser(UsernameTextBox.Text, false);

  if (u == null)
  { 
    Msg.Text = "Username " + Server.HtmlEncode(UsernameTextBox.Text) + " not found. Please check the value and re-enter.";
    return;
  }

  try
  {
    newPassword = u.ResetPassword();
  }
  catch (MembershipPasswordException e)
  {
    Msg.Text = "Invalid password answer. Please re-enter and try again.";
    return;
  }
  catch (Exception e)
  {
    Msg.Text = e.Message;
    return;
  }

  if (newPassword != null)
  {
    Msg.Text = "Password reset. Your new password is: " + Server.HtmlEncode(newPassword);
  }
  else
  {
    Msg.Text = "Password reset failed. Please re-enter your values and try again.";
  }
}


</script>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head>
<title>Sample: Reset Password</title>
</head>
<body>

<form id="form1" runat="server">
  <h3>Retrieve Password</h3>

  <asp:Label id="Msg" runat="server" ForeColor="maroon" /><br />

  Username: <asp:Textbox id="UsernameTextBox" Columns="30" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" />
            <asp:RequiredFieldValidator id="UsernameRequiredValidator" runat="server"
                                        ControlToValidate="UsernameTextBox" ForeColor="red"
                                        Display="Static" ErrorMessage="Required" /><br />

  <asp:Button id="ResetPasswordButton" Text="Reset Password" 
              OnClick="ResetPassword_OnClick" runat="server" Enabled="false" />

</form>

</body>
</html>

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0
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