Thread.CurrentPrincipal Property

Gets or sets the thread's current principal (for role-based security).

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static IPrincipal CurrentPrincipal { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Security.Principal.IPrincipal
An IPrincipal value representing the security context.

ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The caller does not have the permission required to set the principal.

The following code example shows how to set and retrieve the principal of a thread.

using System;
using System.Security;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Security.Principal;
using System.Threading;

class Principal
{
    static void Main()
    {
        string[] rolesArray = {"managers", "executives"};
        try
        {
            // Set the principal to a new generic principal.
            Thread.CurrentPrincipal = 
                new GenericPrincipal(new GenericIdentity(
                "Bob", "Passport"), rolesArray);
        }
        catch(SecurityException secureException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("{0}: Permission to set Principal " +
                "is denied.", secureException.GetType().Name);
        }

        IPrincipal threadPrincipal = Thread.CurrentPrincipal;
        Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}\nIsAuthenticated: {1}" +
            "\nAuthenticationType: {2}", 
            threadPrincipal.Identity.Name, 
            threadPrincipal.Identity.IsAuthenticated,
            threadPrincipal.Identity.AuthenticationType);
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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