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Extending the Security Application Block

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The Security Application Block was designed to be used in a variety of applications and to be a general purpose application block. Extension points allow to you adapt the application block to suit the needs of any particular application. You can extend the capabilities of the block by adding custom providers.

Creating an Authorization Provider

This procedure describes how to create a custom authorization provider class. The code example shows a framework you can use as a basis for the class.

To create a authorization provider class

  1. Create a new class that derives from the AuthorizationProvider class.
  2. Add the class attribute ConfigurationElementType. Specify the type CustomAuthorizationProviderData as the attribute parameter.
  3. Add a constructor that accepts an argument of type NameValueCollection.
  4. Implement the Authorize method. The Authorize method contains the authorization logic for the custom handler. When the method completes, it returns true if the user is authorized and false if the user is not authorized.

The following code example is a skeletal authorization provider class.

[ConfigurationElementType(typeof(CustomAuthorizationProviderData))]
public class MyAuthorizationProvider : AuthorizationProvider
{
  public MyAuthorizationProvider(NameValueCollection configurationItems)
  {
  }
  public override bool Authorize(IPrincipal principal, string context)
  {
    // Implement the authorization logic here.
  }
}


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