Global Authorization attribute filter in MVC6 vnext, asp.net5

Or “Where did RegisterGlobalFilters go”.

You might have read Securing your ASP.NET MVC 4 App and the new AllowAnonymous Attribute or similar posts about adding a global [Authorize] attribute to your MVC project and then whitelist specific routes such as login pages. The code for this would look like this:

public static void RegisterGlobalFilters(GlobalFilterCollection filters)
  filters.Add(new HandleErrorAttribute());
  filters.Add(new System.Web.Mvc.AuthorizeAttribute());

And a whitelisted action would be decorated like this:

public ActionResult Login(string returnUrl)

This is something that you should still do if your application is more private than public, it’s just handled a bit differently in MVC6. You might have already figured that out by the System.Web.Mvc.AuthorizeAttribute line, since we don’t want to use System.Web anymore.

In MVC6 you would instead use a AuthorizationPolicy and apply it globaly. This is something that should be configured in your startup.cs’s ConfigureServices method, it would look something like this, depending on your specific needs.

public IServiceProvider ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

  var policy = new AuthorizationPolicyBuilder()
    //This is what makes it function like the basic [Authorize] attribute
    //add functionality similar to [Authorize(Roles="myrole")]
    //add functionality similar to [ClaimsAuthorize("myclaim")]

  services.Configure<MvcOptions>(options =>
    options.Filters.Add(new AuthorizeFilter(userPolicy));

You could then use the [AllowAnonymous] attribute on your actions/controllers as in mvc5

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