deny Element for authorization (ASP.NET Settings Schema)

Adds to the mapping of authorization rules an authorization rule that denies access to a resource.

configuration Element (General Settings Schema)
  system.web Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)
    authorization Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)
      deny Element for authorization (ASP.NET Settings Schema)

  users="comma-separated list of users"
  roles="comma-separated list of roles"

Attributes and Elements

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.





Required String attribute.

A comma-separated list of user names that are denied access to the resource. A question mark (?) denies anonymous users and an asterisk (*) indicates that all user accounts are denied access.


Required String attribute.

A comma-separated list of roles that are denied access.


Optional String attribute.

A comma-separated list of HTTP transmission methods that are granted access to the resource.

Verbs that are registered to ASP.NET are GET, HEAD, POST, and DEBUG.

Child Elements


Parent Elements




Specifies the required root element in every configuration file that is used by the common language runtime and the .NET Framework applications.


Specifies the root element for the ASP.NET configuration settings in a configuration file and contains configuration elements that configure ASP.NET Web applications and control how the applications behave.


Configures the authorization for a Web application. The authorization element controls client access to URL resources. This element can be declared at any level (machine, site, application, subdirectory, or page).


The deny element adds to the mapping of authorization rules that is stored in the authorization element an authorization rule that denies access to a resource.

The authorization element configures the authorization for a Web application, controlling client access to URL resources. For the required attributes, you can use either the users or roles attribute or both.

At run time, the authorization module iterates through the allow and deny elements, starting at the most local configuration file, until the authorization module finds the first access rule that fits a particular user account. Then, the authorization module grants or denies access to a URL resource depending on whether the first access rule found is an allow or a deny rule. The default authorization rule is <allow users="*"/>. Thus, by default, access is allowed unless configured otherwise.

In order to facilitate deployment, the period (.) shortcut notation for the current computer is supported. This allows you to prefix each user or role with a period-backslash sequence (.\), as follows:

<allow roles=".\roleName"/>
<allow users=".\userName"/>

At run time, the period-backslash (.\) sequences are substituted with "localmachinename\" sequences. The substitution is done only if a Windows identity is being used with the request. This is to avoid conflicts in case the period-backslash (.\) sequences are used in arbitrary roles with custom principals.

Because the authorization element does not represent a collection, there are no clear or remove child elements. To clear the mappings of authorization rules, use the Clear and Remove method that are defined by the AuthorizationRuleCollection class.


The following code example demonstrates how to allow access to all members of the Admins role and deny access to all other user accounts.

      <allow roles="admins"/>
      <deny users="*"/>

Element Information

Configuration section handler


Configuration member


Configurable locations


Root-level Web.config

Application-level Web.config

Virtual or physical directory–level Web.config


Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 5.0, 5.1, or 6.0

The .NET Framework version 1.0, 1.1, or 2.0

Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 or Visual Studio 2005

See Also


How to: Configure Specific Directories Using Location Settings

How to: Lock ASP.NET Configuration Settings


authorization Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)

allow Element for authorization (ASP.NET Settings Schema)

configuration Element (General Settings Schema)

system.web Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)


ASP.NET Authorization

ASP.NET Configuration File Hierarchy and Inheritance

Securing ASP.NET Configuration

ASP.NET Configuration Scenarios

Other Resources

Managing Authorization Using Roles

General Configuration Settings (ASP.NET)

ASP.NET Configuration Settings

ASP.NET Web Site Administration

ASP.NET Configuration API