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FormsAuthenticationEventArgs.User Property

Gets or sets the IPrincipal object to be associated with the current request.

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

public IPrincipal User { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Security.Principal.IPrincipal
The IPrincipal object to be associated with the current request.

You can use the User property to set the User property of the current HttpContext to a custom IPrincipal object.

If you do not specify a value for the User property during the FormsAuthentication_OnAuthenticate event, the identity supplied by the forms authentication ticket in the cookie or URL is used.

The following example uses the FormsAuthentication_OnAuthenticate event to set the User property of the current HttpContext to a GenericPrincipal object with a custom Identity.

public void FormsAuthentication_OnAuthenticate(object sender, FormsAuthenticationEventArgs args)
{
  if (FormsAuthentication.CookiesSupported)
  {
    if (Request.Cookies[FormsAuthentication.FormsCookieName] != null)
    {
      try
      {
        FormsAuthenticationTicket ticket = FormsAuthentication.Decrypt(
          Request.Cookies[FormsAuthentication.FormsCookieName].Value);

        args.User = new System.Security.Principal.GenericPrincipal(
          new Samples.AspNet.Security.MyFormsIdentity(ticket),
          new string[0]);
      }
      catch (Exception e)
      {
        // Decrypt method failed.
      }
    }
  }
  else
  {
    throw new HttpException("Cookieless Forms Authentication is not " +
                            "supported for this application.");
  }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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