Category MVC

System Testing ASP.NET Core APIs using XUnit

This article shows how an ASP.NET Core API could be tested using system tests implemented using XUnit. The API is protected using JWT Bearer token authorization, and the API uses a secure token server to validate the API requests. When running the tests, the access token needs to be requested, and used to access the […]

Certificate Authentication in ASP.NET Core 3.1

This article shows how Certificate Authentication can be implemented in ASP.NET Core 3.1. In this example, a shared self signed certificate is used to authenticate one application calling an API on a second ASP.NET Core application. Code Posts in this series Certificate Authentication in ASP.NET Core 3.1 (Self Signed) Using Chained Certificates for Certificate […]

Handling Access Tokens for private APIs in ASP.NET Core

This article shows how to persist access tokens for a trusted ASP.NET Core application which needs to access secure APIs. These tokens which are persisted are not meant for public clients, but are used for the service to service communication. Code: Posts in this series: Securing an ASP.NET Core MVC application which uses a […]

Using Entity Framework Core to process Azure Service Messages in ASP.NET Core

This article shows how to use Entity Framework Core together with an Azure Service Bus receiver in ASP.NET Core. This message handler is a singleton and so requires that an Entity Framework Core context inside this singleton is not registered as a scoped service but created and disposed for each message event. Code: Posts […]

Using Azure Service Bus Topics Subscription Filters in ASP.NET Core

This article shows how to implement Azure Service Bus filters for topic subscriptions used in an ASP.NET Core API application. The application uses the Microsoft.Azure.ServiceBus NuGet package for all the Azure Service Bus client logic. Code: Posts in this series: Using Azure Service Bus Queues with ASP.NET Core Services Using Azure Service Bus Topics […]

Using Azure Service Bus Topics in ASP.NET Core

This article shows how to implement two ASP.NET Core API applications to communicate with each other using Azure Service Bus Topics. This post continues on from the last article, this time using topics and subscriptions to communicate instead of a queue. By using a topic with subscriptions, and message can be sent to n receivers. […]

Securing browser based Javascript, Typescript applications

This article should help you in choosing the right security for your browser based Javascript or Typescript applications. You should aim to secure the application as best as possible. The following diagram should help you in making your decision. Also for any of these flows, you should always use HTTPS. Appendix SPA: Single page application […]

ASP.NET Core OAuth Device Flow Client with IdentityServer4

This article shows how to implement the OAuth 2.0 Device Flow for Browserless and Input Constrained Devices in an ASP.NET Core application. The tokens are then saved to a cookie for later usage. IdentityServer4 is used to implement the secure token server. Code: History 2019-10-06 Updated to .NET Core 3.0 2019-02-24 Updated packages, API […]

Using Azure Key Vault from a non-Azure App

In this article, I show how Azure Key Vault can be used with a non Azure application. An example of this, is a console application used for data migrations, or data seeding during release pipelines. This app could then read the secret connection strings from the Key Vault, and then do the app logic as […]

Passing Javascript values to ASP.NET Core View components

In this post, I show how an ASP.NET Core MVC view can send a Javascript parameter value to an ASP.NET Core view component. Invoking a view component in the view using ‘@await Component.InvokeAsync’ will not work, as this is rendered before the Javascript value has been created. Code: History 2019-01-24 Added an Anti-Forgery token […]