AD FS Troubleshooting - Loop Detection

Looping in AD FS occurs when a relying party continuously rejects a valid security token and redirects back to AD FS.

To prevent this from happening, AD FS has implemented what is called a loop detection cookie. By default, AD FS writes a cookie to web passive clients named MSISLoopDetectionCookie. This cookie holds a timestamp value and a number of tokens issued value. This allows AD FS to keep track of how often and how many times a client has visited the Federation Service within a specific timespan.

If a passive client visits the Federation Service for a token five (5) times within 20 seconds, AD FS throws the following error:

MSIS7042: The same client browser session has made '{0}' requests in the last '{1}' seconds. Contact your administrator for details.

Entering into infinite loops is often caused by a misbehaving relying party application that is not successfully consuming the token issued by AD FS, and the application is sending the passive client back to AD FS, repeatedly, for a new token. AD FS is will issue the passive client a new token each time, as long as they do not exceed 5 requests within 20 seconds.

You can use PowerShell to change the number of tokens issued value and the timespan value.

Set-AdfsProperties -LoopDetectionMaximumTokensIssuedInterval 5  -LoopDetectionTimeIntervalInSeconds 20

The minimum value for LoopDetectionMaximumTokensIssuedInterval is 1.

The minimum value for LoopDetectionTimeIntervalInSeconds is 5.

You can also disable loop detection when you are doing performance testing.

Set-AdfsProperties -EnableLoopDetection $false


It is not recommend to permanently disable loop detection as this prevents users from entering into infinite loop states.

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