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ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider.RequiresQuestionAndAnswer Property

Gets a value indicating whether the membership provider is configured to require a password question and answer when creating a user.

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

public override bool RequiresQuestionAndAnswer { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider object is configured to require a password question and answer for a user; otherwise, false. The default is false.


An attempt to access the RequiresQuestionAndAnswer property was made before the ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider instance was initialized.

The RequiresQuestionAndAnswer property is set in your application's configuration file using the requiresQuestionAndAnswer attribute of the membership Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema) element. If the property is not set in the application's configuration file, the RequiresQuestionAndAnswer property is set to the default value of false.

When the requiresQuestionAndAnswer attribute is set to true, you must also set these additional attributes.

  • attributeMapPasswordQuestion and attributeMapPasswordAnswer must be mapped to attributes in the Active Directory schema.

If the above criteria are not met, a ProviderException is thrown at initialization.


You can require a password question and answer when creating a user, but set the EnablePasswordReset property to false to prevent users from changing their passwords using the ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider class.

The following code example shows a Web.config entry that configures an ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider instance to enable password resets. It uses the explicit credentials of a user given the "reset password" access right.

Security noteSecurity Note

When you place user credentials in your Web.config file, there are potential security threats. Users with access rights to the directory containing the Web.config file can read the file, and thus see the credentials. For details on how to protect against this threat, see Encrypting Configuration Information Using Protected Configuration.

    <add name="ADService" connectionString="LDAP://ldapServer/" />
    <membership defaultProvider="AspNetActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider">
        <add name="AspNetActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider" 
          System.Web, Version=2.0.3600, Culture=neutral,
          attributeMapFailedPasswordAnswerLockoutTime="LockOutTimeADAttribute" />

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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