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ASP.NET MVC Authorization via PowerShell

I have devised a way to build a PowerShell authorization script for ASP.NET MVC using a custom AuthorizeAttribute. It's ok, I'll give you a minute to let that settle in your mind...

Get over to the github and download the latest drop of PowerShell for ASP.NET. The System.Web.Mvc.PowerShellAuthorizationAttribute class provides you with the ability to run a PowerShell script to perform the authorization of the action or controller.

Usage is simple add the attribute to your action or controller like so:
  1. [PowerShellAuthorization("~/App_Data/Authorize-KillProcess.ps1")]  
  2. public ActionResult Kill(string computerName, uint pid)...  
And create a simple PowerShell script that returns $true or $false:
  1. param(  
  2.     [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  3.     $HttpContext,  
  5.     [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  6.     $Principal,  
  8.     [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  9.     $Action,  
  11.     [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)]  
  12.     $RouteValues,  
  14.     [switch$Test = $false  
  15. )  
  17. process {  
  18.     [int]$ -gt 4 `  
  19.        -and ($Principal.IsInRole('Administrators') `  
  20.             -or $RouteValues.ComputerName -like 'TEST-*')  
  21. }  
Welcome to the darkside.


  1. So... I guess I really like the fact that you *can* do this if you want (speaks to other possible admin you can do w/ PS), but I'm curious about that attribute; is that a real-world scenario?

  2. Yes, I use that to control several actions and what people can do. It is a contextual authorization script. Since I have access to the information about the request, I can make contextual decisions on whether to allow the request or not. In this example I want to deny requests to kill a process PID that is <= 4, allow all people with the Administrators role (group) or let anyone kill a process on computers that begin with the name "TEST-". This keeps those constraints out of the actual action body.

  3. This is a nice article..
    Its easy to understand ..
    And this article is using to learn something about it..

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    Thanks a lot..!


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