WebRequestHandler.UnsafeAuthenticatedConnectionSharing Property

.NET Framework 4.6 and 4.5

Gets or sets a value that indicates whether to allow high-speed NTLM-authenticated connection sharing.

Namespace:  System.Net.Http
Assembly:  System.Net.Http.WebRequest (in System.Net.Http.WebRequest.dll)

public bool UnsafeAuthenticatedConnectionSharing { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns Boolean.
true to keep the authenticated connection open; otherwise, false.

The default value for this property is false, which causes the current connection to be closed after a request is completed. Your application must go through the authentication sequence every time it issues a new request.If this property is set to true, the connection used to retrieve the response remains open after the authentication has been performed. In this case, other requests that have this property set to true may use the connection without re-authenticating. In other words, if a connection has been authenticated for user A, user B may reuse A's connection; user B's request is fulfilled based on the credentials of user A.

Caution noteCaution

Because it is possible for an application to use the connection without being authenticated, you need to be sure that there is no administrative vulnerability in your system when setting this property to true. If your application sends requests for multiple users (impersonates multiple user accounts) and relies on authentication to protect resources, do not set this property to true unless you use connection groups as described below.

You may want to consider enabling this mechanism if your are having performance problems and your application is running on a Web server with integrated Windows authentication.

Enabling this setting opens the system to security risks. If you set the UnsafeAuthenticatedConnectionSharing property to true be sure to take the following precautions:

  • Run your application in a protected environment to help avoid possible connection exploits.

If you control the back-end server, as an alternative you might consider turning off authentication persistence. This increases performance to a lesser degree, but it is safer. For more details, search for AuthPersistence in the MSDN library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5
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