Showing all posts tagged: 'security'

A 18-post collection

Using HTTPS with Azure Functions in local development

It's usually the small things that make a big difference. As I was updating my Function Core tools today (the Functions CLI) I was pleasantly surprised to notice some new functionality which was added to the tooling. The Functions team has added the capability to enforce/use HTTPS when developing and debugging in the local development using the Functions Core tools. If you're new to Azure Functions and never used the Core tools, then you may be surprised to find that we now have 2 versions of the tools. I know, but stay with me because they currently server different …[read more]


Enforcing HTTPS only traffic with ASP.NET Core and Kestrel

In the early days of ASP.NET Core, Kestrel (the lightweight, open source web server) was fairly basic. And this was totally intentional! Kestrel provides a mechanism to spin up and run ASP.NET Core websites and APIs fast and efficiently with as little overhead as possible. This, combined with the other ASP.NET Core improvements (90% smaller HTTP requests etc) have contributed to ASP.NET Core's speed. Kestrel was great at its job but in some cases proved to be very basic. It's important to understand that Kestrel was never intended to run applications in production. Instead, the recommendation …[read more]


.NET Core authentication and authorisation using Auth0

I'm a big proponent of delegated authentication. It's no surprise that Broken Authentication is #2 at the OWASP top 10 latest report. It's been #2 for a very long time, which means that developers and enterprises are still getting this wrong. There are so many ways that authentication that can go wrong, that delegated authentication should be the preferred and possibly the default choice for all platforms. There are many different services that can provide this. I've heavily worked with Azure AD and Azure AD B2C but this time I wanted to take Auth0 for a spin. In this post …[read more]


Configure and use User Secrets in .NET Core 2.0 Console apps in development

Managing sensitive information and secrets in config files is something we have to deal with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this is also something that we still get wrong. In many cases, secrets spill from production to development and vice versa or we have to setup up obscure file transformations and processes to change said secrets as we move from one environment to another. .NET Core has introduced the notion of User Secrets which we can use to store application variables outside the application folder. The file that stores the secrets ends up in one of the following locations, depending …[read more]


Restrict public access to your Azure Web Apps with the IPSecurityRestrictions option

This is a little unknown gem that I've used a few times as I help customers secure access to their Azure Web Apps.. Traditionally, if one wants to restrict access to a website running on a VM (i.e IaaS) then they can make use of Firewalls to ensure that everything goes through a single endpoint and access is restricted. However, as we move to the cloud and further up the stack (PaaS or FaaS) we give lose some of that tight control for the benefit of using a managed service! But what if you wanted to run your website …[read more]