Sunday, May 31, 2015

Getting access to roles and group claims in Azure AD using the Graph API

Check this link out. It contains a tutorial on how to get Roles and Groups in Azure AD, so that you can have a single code-base for checking roles and groups regardless of whether you're using Azure AD or on-prem AD.

Also check out this link to an Azure AD example on GitHub for getting Group access in your applications

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Implementing delegated authentication from an Azure MVC web app to an Azure Web API web service

Follow the information on this tutorial. Contained within that link, is this tutorial on authenticating a web app with delegated user identity to a web API service.

Authenticating users on an Azure web site (MVC) using Azure Active Directory (AAD)

Follow this guide provided on Github. It provides all of the information you need to enable the simplest form of Azure AD authentication in an MVC app. It can be used as the beginning step to getting a fully authenticated MVC web app / web API stack.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Creating an Intranet MVC 5 application using Windows Authentication that connects to a separate Intranet Web API 2 application also using Windows Authentication

Recently I wanted to create an Intranet MVC application using Windows Authentication that connects to a separate, pre-existing Intranet Web API 2 web service that also uses Windows Authentication. In order to get the Windows Authentication of the MVC application propagated to authenticate with the Web API 2 web service, I had to do the following:

1) Place the following in both applications' <system.web> sections in their respective configuration files.

        <authentication mode="Windows" />
            <deny users="?" />
2) Update the .NET aspnet.config file located at "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Aspnet.config" to change the following settings to the following values:

        <legacyImpersonationPolicy enabled="false"/>
        <alwaysFlowImpersonationPolicy enabled="true"/>
 3) In the code for the MVC app that wants to call the Web API 2 app, do the following:

            WindowsIdentity identity = (WindowsIdentity) this.HttpContext.User.Identity;

            using (identity.Impersonate())
                searchModel.SearchResults = this.webApiService.FindWebApiItems(searchModel.SearchCriteria);

This last bit is necessary to ensure that the currently authenticated user in the MVC app gets correctly propagated to the Web API 2 app. In the service that's mentioned in the code above, you'll also need to do the following for interacting with Web API 2:

4) Use the following to connect to Web API 2:

            HttpClientHandler handler = new HttpClientHandler
                PreAuthenticate = true, 
                UseDefaultCredentials = true, 
                Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials

            using (HttpClient client = new HttpClient(handler))
                string result = client.GetStringAsync(uriBuilder.Uri).GetAwaiter().GetResult();

                IList<MyWebApiModel> webApiModels = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<MyWebApiModel[]>(result);

                return webApiModels;
You should now have working code to propagate Windows Authentication via services.

As a side note, apparently there's also a way to change the settings so that you don't have to modify the global aspnet.config file, you can do it on a per-AppPool basis. The technique is described here, though I've never tried it myself.