ServiceDebugBehavior.IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults ServiceDebugBehavior.IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults ServiceDebugBehavior.IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults ServiceDebugBehavior.IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults Property

Definition

Gets or sets a value that specifies whether to include managed exception information in the detail of SOAP faults returned to the client for debugging purposes.

public:
 property bool IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults { bool get(); void set(bool value); };
public bool IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults { get; set; }
member this.IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults : bool with get, set
Public Property IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults As Boolean
Property Value

true if Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) returns managed exception information in the SOAP faults for client debugging purposes; otherwise, false. The default is false.

Examples

The following code example shows how to use a configuration file to enable the HTML help page feature and return exception information inside a SOAP fault back to the client for debugging purposes. This configuration file shows the following basic steps to adding support for the ServiceDebugBehavior features:

<configuration>
  <system.serviceModel>
    <services>
      <!-- 
        Step 1. Add a behaviorConfiguration attribute
        in the <service> element.
      -->
      <service 
        name="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.SampleService"
        behaviorConfiguration="metadataAndDebug">
        <host>
          <baseAddresses>
            <add baseAddress="http://localhost:8080/SampleService" />
          </baseAddresses>
        </host>
        <endpoint
          address=""
          binding="wsHttpBinding"
          contract="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.ISampleService"
        />
        <endpoint
           address="mex"
           binding="mexHttpBinding"
           contract="IMetadataExchange"
        />
      </service>
    </services>
    <behaviors>
      <serviceBehaviors>
        <!-- 
          Step 2. Inside a <serviceBehaviors> section, add 
          a name attribute in the <behaviors> element that 
          matches the behaviorConfiguration attribute in the
          <service> element above.
        -->
        <behavior name="metadataAndDebug">
          <serviceMetadata 
            httpGetEnabled="true" 
            httpGetUrl=""
          />
          <!-- 
            Step 3. Add a <serviceDebug> element and 
            modify the various attributes that suit your 
            scenario.
          -->
          <serviceDebug 
            httpHelpPageEnabled="true" 
            includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true"
          />
        </behavior>
      </serviceBehaviors>
    </behaviors>
  </system.serviceModel>
</configuration>

Remarks

Set the IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults property to true to instruct WCF to return managed exception information to the client in SOAP faults to ease debugging.

Caution

Returning managed exception information to clients can be a security risk because exception details expose information about the internal service implementation that could be used by unauthorized clients. In addition, although the ServiceDebugBehavior properties can also be set programmatically, it can be easy to forget to disable IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults when deploying.

Because of the security issues involved, it is strongly recommended that:

  • You use an application configuration file to set the value of the IncludeExceptionDetailInFaults property to true.

  • You only do so only in controlled debugging scenarios.

For more information, see Specifying and Handling Faults in Contracts and Services.

Applies to